ERIC Number: ED112144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Vocational-Industrial Teacher Education at the Pennsylvania State University: An Examination of Program and Student Characteristics.
Garner, C. William; And Others
In the past a person with 12 years of work experience in an occupational skill to be taught was considered more desirable than a person with six years. The question of whether there is a correlation between the length of occupational experience as a valid indicator of the quality of the teacher is examined. There are two ways whereby a person with an occupational skill can become a vocational-industrial teacher: the traditional four-year baccalaureate program, and the certification program. Data were collected on the selected personal, professional, and academic characteristics of 63 students enrolled in the Penn State baccalaureate program, 129 students in the certificate program, 28 certificate holders, and 23 baccalaureate graduates. The procedures used in this study are described: the selection of population and sample, investigation of the characteristics, and data collection and computer analysis. Conclusions regarding the differences in the two programs are discussed. Research indicates that the number of years of occupational experience has little effect on the outcome of the trade competency examination and that the results of the trade competency examination cannot be used as a predictor for teaching or academic success. References and the format used are appended. (EC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Continuing Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Vocational Education.