ERIC Number: ED210460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Surveying and Planning for Needed Curriculum and Instructional Material for Health Occupations Exploratory Programs. Research Project in Occupational Education. Final Report.
Pittsburg State Univ., KS. Dept. of Vocational-Technical Education.
In order to develop a more standardized curriculum and provide educators with available materials for conducting secondary health care occupations courses in Kansas, a project was conducted to determine the number and types of secondary health occupations education programs and the availability of curriculum and instructional material related to these programs. A survey was sent to 54 health occupations education supervisors in state vocational education agencies throughout the country, with an eventual reply rate of 85 percent (46 replies). Only initial information was received, and detailed descriptions of the various state programs were not obtained. Problems developed in lack of uniformity and titling of the programs, making comparisons difficult. Also, exact enrollment figures were very difficult to obtain, since most states do not break down enrollment figures by grade levels. However, incomplete figures did tend to show a decrease in health occupations enrollment. One trend noted, however, was the growth of the vocational student organization, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), which has more than doubled its membership from 1976 to 1980-81. In Kansas, there appears to be limited interest in expanding the number of secondary health occupations programs; however, there is a need to link health care awareness and orientation programs to health career exploration and health occupations skill development programs in order to meet future needs for health care personnel. (A bibliography of health occupations program standards, curriculum guides, educational resources, and sources is included in the study report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Annotated Bibliographies, Curriculum Development, Educational Demand, Educational Planning, Educational Resources, Enrollment, Health Occupations, Instructional Materials, National Surveys, Research Problems, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kansas State Dept. of Education, Topeka. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburg State Univ., KS. Dept. of Vocational-Technical Education.
Identifiers: Health Occupations Students of America; Kansas