ERIC Number: ED252659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Vocational Teachers' Concerns about the Adoption of Competency-Based Education. Final Report.
Hillison, John; Cunningham, Daisy L.
Expressed concerns about competency-based education implementation by vocational teachers in six school divisions in Virginia were monitored from April 1983 to April 1984 during the last two years of a movement to statewide competency-based education implementation. At six-month intervals--in April and October 1983 and April 1984--vocational teachers completed the Stages of Concern questionnaire, findings showed that: passage of time did not affect teachers' concerns; participation in school division workshops and participation in one teachers' conference session on competency-based education decreased lower stage concerns and increased higher stage concerns; participation in supervisory area workshops decreased concerns; and participation in one competency-based education course increased concerns, while participation in two or more courses decreased concerns. Recommendations entailed (1) not requiring use of the innovation by teachers unable to satisfy lower stage concerns after a period of time, (2) preparing teachers in different service areas for an innovation with inservice activities emphasizing the uniqueness of that area, and (3) monitoring concerns of vocational teachers while they are adopting an innovation. (Ten tables are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg. Div. of Vocational-Technical Education.