ERIC Number: ED061452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Project REMEDY: Rural Education in Michigan Especially for Disadvantaged Youth.
This study was conducted to develop methods of providing effective vocational education for disadvantaged students in rural areas, including improvement in vocational educators' attitudes and teaching methods with respect to teaching the disadvantaged. A random sample of 20 rural high schools in northwest Michigan with less than 400 students in Grades 9 through 12 was divided equally into a control and an experimental group. Vocational teachers from 18 of the schools participated in the study. Two Likert-Type scales were used to measure teachers' attitudes toward teaching the disadvantaged and the attitudes of the disadvantaged students toward vocational education. An additional instrument was developed to determine teachers' knowledge about teaching disadvantaged youth. Following an in-service program, teachers were again tested for attitude and knowledge. From the findings, the study concluded that an in-service teacher education program can significantly increase the effectiveness of vocational education for disadvantaged students in a heterogeneous classroom and should be encouraged. Finding that there were often too few disadvantaged students in any one class to justify a separate class for those with special needs, the study recommended that programs for the disadvantaged in small rural schools be part of regular vocational programs. (BH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Rural Manpower Center.
Identifiers: Michigan; Project REMEDY