ERIC Number: ED171931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Career Education - Needs Assessment. State of Maine. Report of Findings.
Zaner, John A.
To provide a basis for implementing the objectives of the Maine State Plan for Career Education, a study was conducted to determine Maine's teacher-perceived career education needs. The basic method used was a mailed questionnaire (appended) designed to assess public school teachers in terms of (1) their knowledge of career education; (2) their attitudes toward career education; (3) their present level of teaching skills and techniques used in career education; and (4) their perceptions of student needs relative to career education. Additional data was requested that provided descriptions of the sample in terms of grade level taught, subject area, years teaching, work experience other than education, and the number, if any, of career education workshops or conferences they had attended. The sample consisted of 500 Maine public school teachers randomly selected. Of the sample polled, 218 or 43.6% returned useable questionnaires. Although a majority of teachers had some basic knowledge about career education, it was found that very few had formal training in college courses and that the majority had not attended career education workshops or conferences. The teachers indicated that they needed assistance with teaching techniques and resources in several areas of career education. It also found that a large majority of the teachers were aware of students' needs relative to career education. Overall, it was concluded that the teachers are aware of career education, generally approve of it, but need help in fully understanding its theory and philosophy, and in its implementation. (BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maine State Dept. of Educational and Cultural Services, Augusta.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern Maine, Gorham. Coll. of Education.
Note: Report prepared through the Vocational-Technical Education Program