ERIC Number: ED348514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-24
Reference Count: N/A
The Actual and Desired Role of Local Vocational Directors: A Comparison of Perceptions.
Moore, Gary E.; And Others
The current and desired role of local vocational directors (LVDs) in North Carolina was assessed through a survey of superintendents, principals, vocational teachers, and LVDs. A literature review indicated differences in various groups' perceptions regarding the actual and ideal role of LVDs. The instrument required respondents to reply 2 times to each of 67 job function statements: extent to which the LVD was actually performing the task (current role) and extent to which the LVD should be performing the task (desired role). For each item, a four-point Likert-type scale was used. Respondents included 98 superintendents, 106 principals, 100 vocational teachers, and 128 LVDs; the overall response rate was 78 percent. The jobs were grouped into four major categories--instruction, program promotion, administration, and personnel--as a result of a principal-components analysis. Analysis of variance was used to determine statistically significant differences between respondent groups. Paired t-tests were used within each group to determine differences between current and desired levels of activity for each role. Findings indicated that LVDs were generally performing administrative tasks at the level at which they were expected to perform by teachers, superintendents, and principals. These groups would like to see LVDs substantially more involved in program promotion and instruction and moderately more involved in personnel. LVDs saw a need for more involvement in program promotion, instruction, and personnel. (32 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Educational Research, High Schools, Principals, Role Perception, Role Theory, Self Evaluation (Individuals), State Surveys, Superintendents, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 24, 1992).