ERIC Number: ED344051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-25
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of the Professional Development Needs of Colorado Vocational Educators. Final Report.
Hartley, Nancy K.; And Others
A survey of Colorado vocational educators in spring 1989 examined perceived professional development needs and preferred delivery systems. A statewide sample of 1,043 vocational educators responded to the survey; the response rate was 31 percent. Four professional development needs in the curriculum area received the highest ratings: computer-managed instruction, outcome-based education, development of self-instructional modules, and managing competency-based instruction. The strongest perceived needs in the area of teaching strategies included the following: computer-assisted instruction, motivating students, developing critical thinking skills, integrating business/industry standards into the curriculum, and diagnosing individual learning styles and characteristics. No strong need was expressed for professional development training related to special populations. The highest rated item related to service to institution was writing proposals for funding. Developing business/industry/education partnerships was the greatest perceived need related to service to community. The top ranked needs in the area of student recruitment and advising were increasing knowledge of business and industry, recruiting/retraining students, and improving counseling. Perceived needs related to personal development were keeping abreast of new technology and managing stress. Formats most preferred were all-day, intensive activities. (Appendixes include a 37-item bibliography, instrument, and supplementary data tables.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Educational Innovation, Individual Development, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver.