ERIC Number: ED112094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Identification of Problems and Competencies Needed by Vocational and Technical Education Personnel Teaching Persons with Special Needs in Virginia.
Sheppard, N. Alan
The report examines the problems, necessary competencies, and inservice needs of those currently employed to teach the disadvantaged and handicapped in vocational/technical schools and programs. The study is based on questionnaire responses of 107 graduate students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Of the respondents, 29 percent have masters degrees, 61 percent teach agriculture, business, or home economics; and 63 percent have two to five years of experience teaching the disadvantaged or handicapped. Of the 32 respondents identifying an experience or program which best prepared them for their work, one-half indicated that university courses and work experience both ranked highest. The respondents listed various teaching techniques and curriculum materials including laboratory experience, audiovisual equipment, projects, role playing, open discussions, and guest speakers. Salient teaching problems of the respondents included: students' lack of motivation, poor attendance, and personal problems; deficiencies in instructional materials; and an inability to provide quality instruction to all students. Competencies rated as very important included: knowledge of students' physical, educational, and behavioral characteristics; awareness of appropriate teaching techniques, guidance resources, instructional materials, and laboratory experiences; and practical experience. summary, conclusions, recommendations, and the survey questionnaire are included. (JR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Div. of Vocational Education.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg. Div. of Vocational-Technical Education.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia