Effectiveness and efficiency in Jordanian prevocational education provision.
The general aim of this research is to examine both the human elements and the
facilities associated with Jordanian Pre-Vocational Education(PVE) provision,
namely, the design concept, the students, teachers, administrators, PVE workshops,
and PVE curriculum. These five components were used to guide the study. The
investigation focus on the contribution of these components to the effectiveness and
efficiency of the system.
For the purpose of the research a variety of data collection methods were employed; a
self-completion questionnaire, a semi-structured interview, and analysis of
documentary material. The items/statements/questions, that have been included cover
the key areas which were a subject of investigation and examination. The data
collection methods were pre-tested and piloted before use in the field study. The data
was collected in-country during the period between September 1996 and January
1997. As with the pilot study, in each school visited, the questionnaires were
presented to students, teachers, school heads, and PVE supervisors.
The data collected has been treated both qualitatively and quantitatively. Statistical
techniques, mainly Mean, Standard Deviation, and One-way ANOV A, were employed
to. interpret the study findings, to mount the several comparisons required, and to
determine the different relationships.
The major findings of the study i~'dicated that policy-makers support the introduction
of PVE, seeing it as an important vocational aspect within basic education. However,
in general, the degree of effectiveness and efficiency of PVE delivery within
Jordanian provision varied from region to region and from one school to another. The
study findings highlight that the effectiveness and the efficiency of PVE, within the
Jordanian provision, do not just depend upon the adequacy 'and the sufficiency of
facilities and equipment, but, more importantly, on the relation between practice and
policy intentions~ Furthermore, it can be seen that the findings underlying the study
provide some important lessons and strategies for the future of PVE in Jordan, and .
also more widely for the countries of the developing world. Thus, this study provides
an insight, and it is hoped a contribution to the development of PVE.