ERIC Number: ED211729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education in the Atlanta Schools.
Urban, Wayne J.; Starratt, Charles A.
A study focusing on vocational education in the Atlanta schools reveals that while vocational education in the Atlanta public schools has a long history, full-fledged job training was quite late in coming to Atlanta's high schools. With the onset of desegregation in the mid-1960s, several new projects were initiated to enhance vocational education on the elementary and secondary levels. However, statistics affirm that even today vocational education should be a stronger alternative for Atlanta's students than it is. Among the reasons for this state of affairs are the following: lack of uniform and adequate procedures for hiring and training teachers; lack of federal, state, and local agreement over the immediate purpose of vocational education in high schools, and segregation of vocational programs in inner-city areas. In addition, female and black enrollment statistics and local administrator and teacher attitudes reinforce skepticism of the the state's commitment to sex and race equity. On-site visits to several Atlanta schools and interviews with school teachers and administrators support the notion that while vocational education programs get a fair share of Atlanta's educational budget, they do not get full support in terms of recognition and leadership. (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Blacks, Demography, Education Work Relationship, Educational History, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Practices, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Minority Groups, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Racial Discrimination, School Community Relationship, School Districts, Sex Discrimination, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Educational Policy and Organization Program.
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta.
Identifiers: Georgia (Atlanta); Vocational Education Study