ERIC Number: ED247386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education Trends and Priorities: A Study of Vocational Education in Missouri. Perceptions of Vocational-Technical Education in Missouri by Employers, Educators, and Students. A Summary Report of Three Survey Studies.
Missouri Univ., Columbia. Coll. of Education.
During a study examining vocational trends and priorities in Missouri, separate survey instruments were sent to 1,471 employers, 843 teachers, and 2,108 students in order to gather data on the following topics: the performance of vocational education, its priorities, collaboration between vocational education and the world of work, and indicators of programming adjustments needed in vocational education. All three groups of respondents had favorable views of Missouri's vocational programs. Survey data also revealed a remarkable similarity between the opinions of educators and employers about priorities in vocational education, with both groups placing the highest priority on developing work attitudes and human relations skills. Also cited by both groups was the need for retraining adult workers as another major goal of vocational education. With respect to the issue of cooperation between educators and employers, all three groups of respondents favored the idea. Many student respondents expressed an interest in more opportunities for participation in cooperative vocational programs. Based on the small numbers of firms already having such agreements with vocational schools at the time of the survey, it appeared that this is one particular area in which the immense potential resources have barely been tapped. (Appended to this report are copies of all three survey instruments and data tables summarizing student survey results.) (MN)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Employer Attitudes, Job Training, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, School Effectiveness, Secondary Education, State Programs, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Missouri State Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City. Div. of Career and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Coll. of Education.
Note: For related documents, see CE 039 386-387. Prepared for the 1984 Vocational Study Committee Reaching for Excellence. Some tables may not reporduce well due to faint or broken print.