ERIC Number: ED130160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-1
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education Research and Development for Ethnic Minority Students.
Hamilton, Phyllis D.
Vocational education research in minority group needs is examined in relation to its congruence with past directions and future trends in the larger social science research establishment. An overview of research conducted since the Vocational Education Amendments of 1963 is presented, with a subsequent description organized according to the needs of ethnic students at different educational levels. Among the conclusions resulting from this review of research are these: (1) The little research directed to needs of ethnic minority students has been underutilized; (2) the research was based on a social pathology model of cultural deficit and on stereotypes of cultural disadvantage without identifying positive attributes; (3) a negative self-concept was seen as the biggest block to motivation; and (4) staff attitudes and behaviors are critical variables in providing effective training. The paper reviews some discernible research trends with positive directions for the future of ethnic minority students, particularly research based on the concept of bioculturalism. Finally, eight questions are presented which need to be addressed by future vocational education research targeted to minority needs. These questions involve interdisciplinary research, equal access to higher education, teacher expectations and effectiveness, the use of paraprofessionals and tutors, and community involvement. (NJ)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Dropouts, Educational Research, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Junior High School Students, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Research Needs, Secondary School Students, State of the Art Reviews, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Note: For related papers see CE 009 020-026, CE 009 028-035, and ED 112 155