ERIC Number: ED177330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
Understanding the Attitudes of Secondary School Principals and Superintendents in the State of Washington toward Vocational Education. Final Report, February, 1977 through March, 1979.
Renton School District 403, WA.
This study was conducted to gain an in-depth understanding of the currently held feelings and beliefs of school administrators toward vocational education. One hundred thirty-five secondary school principals and superintendents were interviewed using inductive methodology to gather imperical data. Based on the interviews, administrators were classified into two major categories: true believers and non-believers. Among the findings of the study were that (1) true believers contended that students needed to possess saleable job skills upon leaving high school; (2) non-believers were comprised of persons either who perceived the role of vocational education to be exploratory rather than specialized training or who totally rejected the worth of job training at the secondary school level; and (3) all administrators indicated a concern for compliance with statutes, rules, and regulations associated with approved vocational programs, but there were dramatic differences in how administrators allowed these requirements to impact on program development and implementation. (LRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Commission for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Renton School District 403, WA.
Note: For a related document see ED 133 461