ERIC Number: ED338818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
School Board Members Seek Business Community Commitment. School Board Survey Results.
Miguel, Laurian A.
The Illinois Council on Vocational Education polled members of local school boards and administrators on their perceptions of vocational-technical education and business community participation in school programs and planning. The poll included surveys, discussions, and interviews. Two hundred eighty-three questionnaires were completed. At least 95 percent of board members and administrators supported requiring instruction in employability skills or work readiness. Only one in five board members and more than 80 percent of administrators were aware of the Illinois Tech Prep program. Most board members (62 percent) and administrators (89 percent) were familiar with efforts to integrate vocational education and academic education. Only 32 percent of board members and 66 percent of administrators reported that vocational and academic education were integrated in their schools. Sixty percent of board members had very little knowledge about the purpose or function of the regional delivery system; administrators were well informed. Survey responses reflected generally high value for the following: (1) educational participation in the business community; (2) expanded teacher certification opportunities; (3) employability skills instruction; (4) requirement for co-enrollment in remedial basics and vocational programs; and (5) business community involvement. Recommendations based on the findings were made to board members and school administrators. (Eight recommended readings and 12 suggested readings are listed.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Administrator Attitudes, Alternative Teacher Certification, Boards of Education, Corporate Support, Employment Potential, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Remedial Programs, School Administration, School Business Relationship, State Surveys, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Council on Vocational Education, Springfield.
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