Programs of Study: Cross-Study Examination of Programs in Three States

Programs of Study: Cross-Study Examination of Programs in Three States

Aug 2011

A Podcast with Sam Stringfield and Rob Shumer

The Center recently published a podcast with Morgan Lewis in which he talked about the Center's latest Joint Technical Report on Programs of Study (POS). Several of the study sites described in that joint report were also part of a new Center project related to POS.

This new project, A Cross-Study Examination of Programs of Study, was designed to examine selected programs and sites from each of the Center's three field-based, longitudinal studies of POS that had the most mature, well-established programs relative to other study sites as a means of identifying common elements or attributes that led to the successful implementation of POS. A team of researchers led by Sam Stringfield of the University of Louisville, Rob Shumer of the University of Minnesota, and Natalie Stipanovic of the University of Louisville conducted visits to three sites over the course of the 2010-2011 school year. During these visits, the study team reviewed each site's strengths, identified the contributing factors to their development of POS, and examined their implementation of the 10 supporting elements of POS identified by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

Sam Stringfield and Rob Shumer recently joined Catherine Imperatore of ACTE to talk about the study's design, process, and outcomes. Their conversation dwelt particularly on the six major themes that emerged from the team's rich pool of transcript data, as well as the study team's recommendations regarding the future of POS.