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ERIC Number: ED137518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
The Need for Bilingual Vocational Education Programs in Secondary Schools in Texas. Final Report.
Salazar, Arturo; Christiansen, James E.
The primary purpose of this study was to determine the need for Spanish-English bilingual vocational education programs in the secondary schools in Texas as perceived by bilingual directors, vocational directors, vocational counselors, secondary school counselors, and industry representatives. Data were received from 636 respondents which consisted of returned opinionnaires from five groups, representing a 65% return. Six hypotheses related to the objectives were tested using descriptive statistics, analysis of variance with the Scheffe test where applicable, and Chi-square. Significant differences were found among the five groups regarding 19 to 28 perception statements, 7 of 15 attitude scale bipolar adjectives pertaining to the need for bilingual programs of vocational education, and 7 of 15 selected issues. In 69% of the group comparisons pertaining to the need for bilingual vocational education, industry representatives viewed the problem differently from the four school groups. Significant perception statements appearing most often concerned school districts' goals, creating functionally literate individuals through bilingual education, confusion of bilingual education goals, and helping students feel a need for using English. Significant issues most commonly appearing concerned language difficulties, integration of bilingual and vocational programs, and requiring special training for teachers. The most common significant bipolar adjectives were bad/good, satisfying/frustrating, false/true, and rewarding/unrewarding. The report includes description of methodology, findings, summary, conclusions, implications, and recommendations. The opinionnaire and data tables are appended. (WL)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Bilingual Education, Career Counseling, Counselor Attitudes, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, English (Second Language), Needs Assessment, School Counselors, School Personnel, Secondary Education, Spanish, State Surveys, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.; Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Occupational Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Texas