ERIC Number: ED223782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education for Limited English Speaking Populations in Michigan: An Assessment of Needs.
Granville, Kim Hoa
A needs assessment and analysis were conducted in Michigan to determine the status and effectiveness of vocational education for limited English-speaking ability (LESA) students relative to population, program instruction, and funding. Three survey instruments were developed: one for directors of bilingual programs, another for directors of vocational programs, and another for teachers and counselors working in the bilingual or vocational programs selected for the study. In addition, personal interviews were conducted with LESA students and their parents, and an analysis was made of prospective employment opportunities available in Michigan until 1985. Eight general conclusions were reached, and recommendations were made to implement them. Conclusions included the following: (1) students desired to enroll in vocational education, but many were not served because of their limited English proficiency; (2) many LESA parents could not communicate with school personnel and were unaware of vocational education opportunities; (3) LESA students tended to drop out of school before the ninth grade; (4) second and third generation LESA students seemed to have inadequate knowledge in both English and their native languages; (5) bilingual students seemed to be influenced by cultural biases in their selection of vocational programs; (6) shortages of counselors and vocational education teachers who were trained to provide services for LESA students existed; (7) bilingual persons were underrepresented in vocational advisory committees; and (8) vocational programs were not able to meet the needs of LESA students. Recommendations were made to remedy these problems, including implementation of a comprehensive program in bilingual vocational education. (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Bilingual Education, Educational Needs, Employment Projections, Ethnic Groups, Labor Needs, Language of Instruction, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing.
Authoring Institution: Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti.
Note: Developed by the Bilingual Vocational Education Project.