ERIC Number: ED373180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
In Pursuit of Empowerment: A Survey Assessing the Need for Professional Development Activities for Teachers and Administrators Providing Vocational Education for Students with Disabilities in Florida.
Florida State Council on Vocational Education, Tallahassee.
A study examined the need for professional development (PD) activities for teachers and administrators providing vocational education for students with disabilities in Florida. Separate teacher and administrator surveys consisting of statements to be rated on a Likert scale were mailed to the administrators responsible for direction of vocational education in Florida's school districts, community colleges, and area vocational-technical centers (AVTCs) and to a sample of teachers who had been randomly selected from lists of advisers to local vocational student organizations and program directories. The response rates were as follows: school district administrators, 65%; community college administrators, 60%; AVTC administrators, 54%; and teachers, 23%. The responses indicated a clear and present need for more PD activities to prepare vocational teachers to help students with disabilities succeed in vocational education and to increase awareness of available financial and human resources. An overwhelming preference for PD activities conducted at the local level was expressed. The following recommendations were made to the State Board of Career Education: encourage the implementation of interdisciplinary interagency PD activities, develop and disseminate a model PD strategy for school districts and community colleges, and continue supporting PD activities at state/regional conferences. (Fifteen charts are included. The survey instruments are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Community Colleges, Disabilities, Educational Needs, Needs Assessment, Professional Development, Questionnaires, School Districts, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Council on Vocational Education, Tallahassee.
Identifiers: Empowerment; Florida