ERIC Number: ED209485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
South Carolina Vocational Educators' Professional Development Needs Assessment.
Smoak, Maria G.
A needs assessment was conducted to determine the training and professional development needs of vocational education teachers in South Carolina. The study was designed to identify the skills/skill areas that are used on a day-to-day basis by vocational teachers; those for which they received training either prior to certification or in the course of inservice programs; and finally, those which are used and felt to be important to the teachinq process but for which little or no adequate training was provided to the teachers. All program areas except trade and industrial education were surveyed. (A similar study for trade and industrial education was conducted earlier.) In order to obtain information from different perspectives, three respondent groups were surveyed with a rating sheet listing 98 skills. These groups included 1,270 vocational education teachers, 305 administrators of schools offering vocational programs, and 36 teacher educators who have taught instructional skills and methods to vocational teachers. Most of the skills listed in this survey were classified as needs by teachers in each program area. There were many more skills/skill areas in which teachers felt a need for themselves than were perceived by either teacher educators or administrators. All groups indicated that inservice education opportunities existed to a moderate extent, but that they were dissatisfied with the quantity and quality of the training. Teachers also said that inservice conferences were too far away and that they have no professional leave. The skill ratings and perceived needs will be used by the South Carolina Office of Vocational Education to plan inservice programs for vocational education teachers. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Vocational Education.
Identifiers: South Carolina