ERIC Number: ED396148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Professionals' Views on Workforce Development: Implications from a 1995 lllinois Survey.
Illinois State Council on Vocational Education, Springfield.
A total of 615 of the 11,000 participants at the 1995 Illinois Association of School Board's 1995 convention responded to a 15-question survey that included questions pertaining to the following issues: Illinois' Education-to-Careers initiative; federal funding; employability/life skill development; education, business, industry, and labor partnerships; role of the Illinois Council on Vocational Education; and school leavers. Most survey respondents were school board members representing unit (K-12) or elementary (K-8) districts throughout Illinois. Program administrators, spouses, and others were also among the respondents to the survey. Awareness of Illinois' Education-to-Careers initiative and the difference between school- and work-based learning initiatives appeared relatively high; however, only 19% of administrators considered work-based learning experiences an important part of students' learning before graduation. Most respondents were aware of federal block grant proposals. Large percentages of respondents believed that local needs should be the most important criteria for distributing block grant funds. Most administrators indicated that their districts offer various life skills programs; however, board members, spouses, and others were less likely to be aware of such programs. Levels of school-business-labor partnerships appeared to be increasing. (Fourteen tables/figures are included. Appended are the survey instrument and a 15-item reference/suggested readings list.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Council on Vocational Education, Springfield.