ERIC Number: ED171923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
National Assessment of Vocational Education Needs.
Morrison, Edward J.
The lack of systematic, national data on the priority problems being experienced in the field operation of vocational education programs has been a barrier to the design of effective strategies for program improvement. The major purpose of this study was to provide a preliminary assessment of the field operation needs of vocational education. From a list of more than 6,000 nominations, an instrument designed to gather priority ratings for forty-eight needs was developed. The instrument was administered to local and state vocational education personnel. Findings indicate the following conclusions: (1) highest priority needs included improvements in collaboration with key segments of the employment community in communicating the benefits of vocational education and the relevance of curricula to job requirements; (2) high priority needs have an "external" orientation; (3) the major differences among groups concerning priorities were between state level and local level personnel; (4) while respondents agreed with priorities in the 1976 education amendments, they appear to have assigned lower priority to problems such as equal opportunity enrollment and sex sterotyping; and (5) six fundamental considerations appear (for example, data-based decision-making and community interaction), to underlie the respondents' priority decisions. (The survey instrument is appended. (LRA)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Community Programs, Conferences, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Equal Education, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Presidents, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Relevance (Education), Research Reports, School Community Relationship, State Programs, Superintendents, Surveys, Teacher Educators, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Identifiers: Education Amendments 1976
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 1979)