ERIC Number: ED208226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational/Special Education Personnel Development: An Analysis of Fiscal Year 1980 Annual State Plans. Policy Research and Resource Series: Document 7.
Greenan, James P.; And Others
Public Law 94-142 and other federal legislation mandate that all handicapped children receive a free and appropriate public education, including vocational education. In order to implement these provisions, personnel development of vocational and special education personnel is needed; therefore, each state that applies for federal funds must submit a three-year state plan that includes a Comprehensive System for Personnel Development (CSPD). A study of all state plans and several territory plans was undertaken to determine the extent to which vocational educators participate, and the extent to which vocational and career education content is present in the planning. The areas of CSPD concern included participatory input and implementation, needs assessment, preservice training, inservice training, incentives for inservice trainee participation, funding, inservice training participants, and vocational education manpower needs relative to educating handicapped learners. The findings and conclusions of the study suggest that vocational educators and vocational and career education content are not reflected extensively in comprehensive personnel planning in the states relative to the education of handicapped children and youth. The analysis also suggests that special education and vocational education continue not to coordinate their personnel preparation efforts to any significant extent. Recommendations include that vocational educators take a more active role in CSPD planning, that they be included in the special education inservice training, and that the needs assessment be used to revise personnel development programs. (KC)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal State Relationship, Inservice Teacher Education, Labor Needs, Long Range Planning, Needs Assessment, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Special Education, Staff Development, Statewide Planning, Teacher Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Leadership Training Inst./Vocational and Special Education.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act