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ERIC Number: ED133461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Oct-15
Attitudes of Secondary School Principals and Superintendents in the State of Washington Toward Vocational Education. Final Report.
Renton School District 403, WA.
A study was conducted to determine whether or not superintendents and secondary school principals in the State of Washington understand and support vocational education. A three part questionnaire was developed from existing instruments to ascertain understanding and attitudes of school administrators as well as knowledge of select characteristics. The survey instrument was mailed to all 257 superintendents and to 200 principals who were randomly selected from a population of 343 persons. A response rate of 80.5% (73% for principals and 84% for superintendents) was achieved. Major conclusions revealed that (1) Most secondary principals and superintendents (93.4%) do not have a broad understanding of vocational education and that 87.6% cannot even differentiate vocational education from career education, (2) most administrators (89.8%) do not have a favorable attitude toward vocational education nor are they in favor of expanding vocational education with present funding, (3) administrators who can differentiate vocational education from career education are more supportive of vocational education than are principals and superintendents who cannot make this distinction, and (4) administrators in general do not differ in any appreciable way on the selected social variables (parenthood, type of school district, sex, age, and others) from administrators who are in favor of expanding vocational education if available funds remain the same. Seven specific recommendations are presented to local and State vocational education agencies and groups for increasing understanding and support for vocational education. (HD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Washington Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Renton School District 403, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington