ERIC Number: ED351453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Perceived Educational Needs of Innovative Ohio Sawmill Operators. Summary of Research 66.
Bratkovich, Stephen M.; Miller, Larry E.
The forest products industry is one of the largest manufacturing enterprises in Ohio. Sawmills are a well-known and visible manufacturing sector. This document reports on a descriptive correlational study that investigated perceived educational needs of innovative Ohio sawmill operators which could serve as a model for individuals conducting needs assessments in other occupational areas. Using survey research methodology, the study examined a purposive sample of 32 innovative Ohio sawmill operators nominated by a panel of experts. The data collection instrument was developed as a mail questionnaire. Part 1 of the instrument collected data on innovative Ohio sawmill operators' perceived importance and knowledge of 67 job competencies. Part 2 collected data on characteristics of the subjects. A response rate of 100 percent was achieved. The following were among the findings: (1) the most important educational needs were in the areas of sawmill production, forest product marketing, and environmental awareness; (2) 50% of respondents preferred less formal delivery methods; (3) Appalachian-area operators tended to have more tenure and be more innovative; and (4) perceived educational needs did not appear to be related to such characteristics as age, tenure, educational level, size of operation, income, or aspirations. Recommendations based on the findings were made to adult educators, adult education organizations, and researchers. (Five tables and 36 references are included.) (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Identifiers: Ohio; Sawmill Workers