ERIC Number: ED252727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Developing Positive Attitudes in T & I and Technical Programs.
Crosby, Richard K.
A study examined the work attitudes of a sample of trade, industrial, and technical education students from one postsecondary and three secondary institutions in Jefferson County, Kentucky, including the city of Louisville. More than 1,300 students participated, including 796 who were characterized as disadvantaged, 226 as disabled, and 350 as unclassified. Students represented 35 programs, including welding, cosmetology, auto mechanics, industrial electricity, industrial electronics, and radio-TV. The Affective Work Competencies Inventory developed by Kazanas and Beach was used to measure 15 affective competencies or work attitudes of the students in the sample. Significant deviations from mean scores for the groups of all three groups of students were found for 9 of the 15 clusters examined. Disabled students varied consistently negatively from the mean and their scores were more negative on all listed clusters than were those of either of the other two subpopulations. At each grade level examined (grade 11, grade 12, and the postsecondary level, significant differences in the mean scores of the unclassified and the special needs students were found to exist for at least one of the clusters examined. Based on these findings, a procedure for helping special needs students develop good work attitudes was proposed. Recommendations were also made concerning the inclusion of a core course on attitudinal development in teacher education programs. (MN)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitude Measures, Comparative Analysis, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Guidelines, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education, Teacher Role, Technical Education, Trade and Industrial Education, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Affective Work Competencies Inventory; Regional Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (New Orleans, LA, December 1984).