Evaluation of the comprehensive thematic teaching effectiveness and technique/technology in culinary vocational education

Chia Yen Ma, Kuo Ching Wang, De Yen Liu*, Ting Ching Lai

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Purpose: The research aims to discuss technical and vocational students' long-term and complete evaluation of learning effectiveness under school-wide thematic teaching design. Design/methodology/approach: This study adopted a mixed qualitative and quantitative approach to measure the learning effectiveness of thematic teaching in technical vocational schools using the Kirkpatrick model. Qualitative research conducted in-depth interviews with 32 interviewees, including students, parents, teachers, graduate alumni and the supervisors of off-campus internship units. Quantitative research conducted a questionnaire survey on vocational students. A total of 221 valid questionnaires were collected. In addition, this research conducts another quantitative survey on cooperative enterprises to compare the actual effect of the implementation of the school-wide thematic teaching students with the others, and a total of 35 valid questionnaires were collected. Findings: The results of the research found that the effectiveness of thematic teaching method can achieve the expected goals of each level of Kirkpatrick model. The students taking thematic teaching are significantly better and fitting in the industry expects. Therefore, this research suggests the comprehensive introduction of school-wide thematic teaching to other school operators. Originality/value: This research is the first study used the Kirkpatrick model to evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide thematic teaching design in hospitality education and providing a practical case for schools. This research combined qualitative and quantitative research methods to investigate the effectiveness of the teaching method through multiple perspectives. Through the feedback from supervisors of the hospitality industry, the school-wide thematic teaching design provides a good foundation for technical and vocational graduates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)795-826
Number of pages32
JournalEducation and Training
Issue number6-7
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Nov 14


  • Interdisciplinary teaching
  • Kirkpatrick model
  • Literacy
  • Soft and hard skills
  • Thematic teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)


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