ERIC Number: ED221665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education Personnel Development Needs for Working with the Handicapped. Final Report.
Kienast, Kay E.; Lovelace, Bill E.
As part of a project dealing with personnel training requirements for vocational educators who serve handicapped students, this investigation identified the training needs of both vocational teachers and teacher educators. According to the final report of this phase of the project, input was solicited from both vocational teachers and vocational teacher educators in the 50 states and Puerto Rico. Two national needs assessment surveys were used to identify the training needs with little difference found in the perceived training needs of vocational education teachers and vocational teacher educators. Top priorities assigned to training needs were derived from the knowledge, rather than the competency statements on the 96-item survey. The majority of these needs related to assessment of students and interpretation of the results; characteristics and capabilities of students; job placement; and legislative requirements. The greatest training need perceived by the teachers was how to interpret the reports of other professionals. Teacher educators identified long-range planning needs, using appropriate materials and determining appropriate student performance as priority needs; the highest need perceived by the teacher educators was orienting potential employers of handicapped students. It was concluded that the 96-item survey was a reliable document for surveying training needs of vocational education personnel working with handicapped students, and that future teacher education programs should be based on the findings of this and similar surveys. (KC)
Descriptors: Competence, Competency Based Education, Disabilities, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Mainstreaming, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Staff Development, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Innovators, Inc., Richardson, TX.