ERIC Number: ED248358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Developing a Model for Analyzing Administrators' Professional Commitment in Pennsylvania Postsecondary Vocational Technical Schools. Final Report. Vocational-Technical Education Research Report, Volume 22, Number 3.
Vocational-Technical Education Research Report, v22 n3 Jun 1984
A study was designed to develop a model that would describe the development of commitment to the administration profession in vocational-technical education and the degree to which it might be found among the individuals who possess it. Study participants were 197 administrators from 63 postsecondary vocational-technical institutions identified from "The College Blue Book" (1981). A questionnaire collected information on basic background and these career and professional variables: career decisions, career preparation, professional competencies, professional values, professional commitment, and professional satisfaction. It was hypothesized that: (1) there would be no difference among administrators based on background variables; (2) there would be no difference among administrators for the career and professional variables; (3) there would be little difference among administrators for the relationship between professional commitment and the career and professional variables; and (4) there would be no difference between administrators with and without teaching load in the career and professional variables. Results indicated that: most administrators had education-related majors; had much teaching and administration experience; were involved in upgrading or inservice education three to four days a year; stood neutral concerning professional values; on the average, were confident about professional competencies; were highly committed to their profession and on the average were satisfied with their profession. Administrators showed differences in career decisions and professional preparation. Highly committed administrators had significantly higher professional confidence and satisfaction. (The questionnaire and correspondence are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Qualifications, Career Planning, Decision Making, Educational Background, Educational Research, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Models, Postsecondary Education, Teaching Experience, Values, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Div. of Occupational and Vocational Studies.
Identifiers: Commitment; Pennsylvania