ERIC Number: ED229529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Base Line Survey of Wisconsin Legislators on Vocational Education.
Kroll, John R.
This study was conducted in 1979-80 to obtain baseline opinions of members of the Wisconsin Legislature about vocational education. Sixty-six of the 132 legislators responded to 84 questions regarding the need for, financing of, quality of, and methods of delivering secondary and postsecondary vocational education in the state. The responses were analyzed on the basis of numerous variables as well as on the general response to the Likert-type scales of the survey instrument. The study found that the legislature was supportive of vocational education in the state and perceived it to be of high quality. While the legislators recognized the need for technically trained workers, they continued to rate highly the importance of basic skills. Inconsistencies include the low rating given to the perceived use of industry and labor advisory committees, while in actuality, Wisconsin vocational educators use such committees extensively; and the legislators' very strong agreement that vocational education should provide more specialized services to business, while they were lukewarm to the suggestion that vocational education should take a more active role in economic development and industry recruiting. Several recommendations were made, including the following: (1) analyze specific information provided by the survey to focus on specific issues in the legislature; (2) develop an ongoing capacity to assess public opinion regarding vocational education; and (3) identify contributions of vocational education to the economic development of the state and propose new roles for the remainder of the decade. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Association for Vocational and Adult Education.