ERIC Number: ED334350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-30
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Attitudes, Perceptions, and Guidance Practices of Illinois Guidance Directors Concerning Vocational Education in Secondary Schools.
Matulis, Janet K.; Osborne, Edward W.
Guidance directors' attitudes, perceptions, and guidance practices concerning vocational education in comprehensive secondary schools in Illinois were investigated. The study also investigated the relationships among these and selected school/personnel demographic variables. The research design was descriptive. A total of 222 participants (from a sample of 253) completed a 5-part questionnaire. Data were analyzed using frequency distributions, percentages, means, standard deviations, analysis of variance, t-tests, correlational analysis, and multiple regression analysis. Nine conclusions were reached: (1) guidance directors have positive attitudes toward vocational education; (2) they have divided perceptions of vocational education; (3) departmental guidance practices are positive; (4) graduation requirements and parents' reluctance for their children to take vocational coursework have contributed to enrollment difficulties; (5) graduation requirements and scheduling conflicts with academic courses have a negative impact on vocational programs; (6) enrollment of their own children in a vocational program has a positive influence on guidance directors' attitudes; (7) experience in teaching vocational courses has a positive impact on directors' attitudes; (8) specific vocational requirements are more positive than when courses are chosen from a group; and (9) the more positive the director's attitude toward vocational education, the more positive the department. (13 references) (NLA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the National Agricultural Education Research Meeting (17th, Cincinnati, OH, November 30, 1990).