Using the Delphi Method to Identify Technical Workshop Topics

Abstract

This research utilized the Delphi method to collect data from a selected panel to both identify and rank the importance of technical workshop topics in one of the sixteen Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways. The primary reason for selecting this research method was based on past research where it was utilized in gaining consensus on curricular items. Other reasons for selecting this research methodology included the diversity of the panel members being located in different areas of the United States, and the limited past research in this area. Also, items that were later rank ordered in round two and three were originally unknown in round one. The design of this Delphi study allowed researchers to gather information from 12 panel members. Diversity, within this panel, was utilized to ensure that input was provided from all aspects of this technical area. The final panel was comprised of four of the participants being employed by or owners of a related business and industry, four participants being graduates of a related CTE area within the previous four years and employed in a related occupational area, and four participants being educators teaching in a related pathway. The three round Delphi method accomplished the outcome sought, to identify and rank order a list of proposed workshop topics. It was also determined that the Delphi method had both advantages and disadvantages in developing this list. The researchers would propose to share the identified advantages and disadvantages.



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Jon Jones, Pittsburg State University, United States
Greg Belcher, Pittsburg State University, United States

Paper Information
Conference: IICEHawaii2020
Stream: Educational Research

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