An assessment of information technology curriculum implementation in vocational high schools

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2009
Biçer, Kader
This study aims to provide a general picture of newly adopted IT program in vocational high schools. Through this aim, the issues of to what extent are the objectives and content of Vocational high schools’ new IT curriculum satisfied the needs, how it is implemented in schools, how it is practiced under different circumstances and which factors influence its implementation process are examined. This study was designed as a formative evaluation based on CIPP Model-Process valuation. In order to grasp perceptions of vocational high school IT teachers and 11th grade IT area students’ two self-reported questionnaires were developed by the researcher. The sample constituted of 683 Grade 11 students and 83 IT teachers from 28 vocational high schools in the 7 urban district of Ankara. Heavily, descriptive and statistics and quantitative data analysis techniques were utilized to analyze the data however in some parts, inferential statistics were also employed. Results of the study indicated that the objectives of the new IT program are responsive to the local, national and global IT sector and catching the demanded skills in the world of work. Moreover it is determined that the new program supports flexibility in principle however in action there are some obstacles those barriers the adequately functioning of the new program. Therefore, this study also attempts to reveal the problems related to students, teachers, schools quality indicators and program modules in order to supply the deficiencies in the early stages of program implementation.

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K. Biçer, “An assessment of information technology curriculum implementation in vocational high schools,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.