ERIC Number: ED211685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Prevocational Education in South Carolina.
Morrison, Gregory G.
A study was conducted in South Carolina to determine the perceptions of teachers and administrators regarding the definitions and purpose of prevocational education, including identifying the commonalities and differences among programs and course content throughout the state, finding the degree of articulation between prevocational program units and high school/vocational center programs, determining the percentage of prevocational students entering vocational programs, and determining the frequency of use and the need to expand the new prevocational instructional materials developed and implemented in South Carolina. Data were gathered through a literature review and a survey of prevocational teachers, students, and administrators. The study found that there are at least five different organizational structures used in teaching prevocational education in South Carolina, ranging from teaching in a self-contained classroom to having a floating teacher who moves from school to school. It was determined that a discrepancy exists among administrators and teachers regarding the definition of prevocational education. It was also concluded from the study that although there are many prevocational course offerings, they are traditional, and adequate programs are not available for emerging occupations. The study found that a variety of instructional materials for teaching prevocational education is needed, and the materials prepared by the Appalachian Regional Council were recommended. The study did not determine the extent of articulation between the prevocational programs and vocational programs in secondary schools or vocational education centers. As a result of the study, it was recommended that prevocational education be strengthened through inservice training, effective technical assistance, and high quality instructional materials. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Vocational Education.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina