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ERIC Number: ED021139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 38
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Reference Count: 0
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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL--A CHALLENGE TO ADMINISTRATORS.
Nevada Occupational Research Coordinating Unit, Reno.
THE ROLE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL IN MOVING VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FROM A "STATUS QUO" POSITION TO ONE OF RIGHTFUL PARTNERSHIP WITH OTHER AREAS OF THE CURRICULUM IN THE COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL IS A VITAL ONE. THE MOTION THAT HIGH SCHOOL IS FOR COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS GREATLY LIMITS THE OPPORTUNITIES OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DO NOT ATTEND COLLEGE, AND IF EDUCATION IS THE RIGHT OF ALL YOUTH, SOMETHING IS OUT OF BALANCE. IF THIS IMBALANCE IS TO BE IMPROVED, THE GENERAL IMAGE OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION MUST BE IMPROVED. THIS IMAGE WITHIN ANY INDIVIDUAL HIGH SCHOOL CAN BE CHANGED BY THE PRINCIPAL'S LEADERSHIP AND ATTITUDE IN HIS INSISTENCE THAT VOCATIONAL EDUCATION DEVELOP A RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THE COMPLETE ORGANIZATION OF THE SCHOOL. THIS CHANGE WILL CAUSE BOTH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CONFLICTS WHICH WILL REQUIRE MORE OF THE PRINCIPAL THAN NOMINAL LEADERSHIP AS HIS ACTUAL LEADERSHIP MAY BE CHALLENGED. THE JOB WILL CONSIST OF CHANGING THE ATTITUDES OF THE ADMINISTRATOR HIMSELF, THE ENTIRE FACULTY, THE COMMUNITY, AND THE STUDENTS. SUGGESTIONS AND GUIDELINES ARE OFFERED TO THE PRINCIPAL FOR CHANGING ATTITUDES AND ADMINISTERING THE PROGRAM. THE ATTITUDE OF THE PRINCIPAL, HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY, AND ABILITY TO ENLIST HELP FROM ALL AVAILABLE SOURCES ARE REAL AIDS TO THE SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT OF VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS. HE MUST ASSUME THE LEADERSHIP, BUT HE CANNOT CARRY THE PROBLEMS ALONE. HE WILL HAVE TO WELCOME EVERY SOURCE OF HELP IN PROMOTING A STRONG IMAGE OF THE VOCATIONAL PROGRAM, SELECTING PROPER PERSONNEL, IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAM, AND CONDUCTING ONGOING EVALUATIONS. (MM)
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Authoring Institution: Nevada Occupational Research Coordinating Unit, Reno.
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