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ERIC Number: ED017728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 63
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Reference Count: 0
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THE QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF VOCATIONAL DIRECTORS AT THE LOCAL DISTRICT LEVEL IN THE STATE OF UTAH.
EDMUNDS, NIEL A.
BECAUSE UTAH REQUIRES LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO EMPLOY VOCATIONAL DIRECTORS, A STUDY WAS UNDERTAKEN TO DETERMINE THEIR QUALIFICATIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND DUTIES. DATA WERE OBTAINED FROM PERSONNEL IN 37 OF THE 40 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN UTAH, 37 OF 50 STATE VOCATIONAL EDUCATION DIRECTORS, 48 TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTIONS IN THE NATION, THE U.S. OFFICE OF EDUCATION, AND A REVIEW OF LITERATURE. THREE-FIFTHS OF THOSE SURVEYED INDICATED THAT A LOCAL DIRECTOR SHOULD HAVE A MASTER'S DEGREE, PREPARATION IN A VOCATIONAL SUBJECT, AND HOURS IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION. ONE-THIRD RECOMMENDED 3 YEARS OF INDUSTRIAL WORK EXPERIENCE, AND ONLY 10 PERCENT BELIEVED WORK EXPERIENCE TO BE NONESSENTIAL. ONE-THIRD BELIEVED THAT A GENERAL SECONDARY TEACHING CERTIFICATE WAS NECESSARY, AND TWO-FIFTHS AN ADMINISTRATIVE CERTIFICATE. LESS THAN ONE-HALF OF THE TEACHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND 16 PERCENT OF THE STATE DEPARTMENTS REPORTED HAVING A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LOCAL DIRECTORS. PRIOR TEACHING EXPERIENCE OF 3 OR 5 YEARS WAS RECOMMENDED BY TWO-FIFTHS AND ONE-THIRD, RESPECTIVELY. THREE-FOURTHS RECOMMENDED THAT THE DIRECTOR BE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. ALL OF THE VOCATIONAL DIRECTORS CONTACTED HAD ATTENDED A WORKSHOP OR CONVENTION DURING THE PRECEDING YEAR. AMONG THE DUTIES OF DIRECTORS WERE (1) BUDGETING, (2) REPORTING, (3) DIRECTING WORK STUDY AND ADULT PROGRAMS, (5) CONTACTING EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICE, (6) RECOMMENDING ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS, (7) HOLDING CONFERENCES, (8) CONDUCTING INSERVICE TRAINING PROGRAMS, (9) MAINTAINING PUBLIC RELATIONS, AND (10) RECOMMENDING FACILITY IMPROVEMENT. IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT DIRECTOR TRAINING PROGRAMS BE DEVELOPED AND CERTIFICATION CRITERIA BE ESTABLISHED. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Utah Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational and Technical Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers: UTAH