ERIC Number: ED228398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education Teacher Preparation to Improve Secondary Students' Basic Skills: An Exploratory Study.
Vetter, Louise; And Others
This exploratory study of vocational education teachers' preparation to improve students' basic skills was based on previous work conducted by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. Eleven questions about basic skills were developed and asked in interviews conducted with a total of 46 faculty and 165 students at nine vocational teacher education institutions. In addition, catalogs from the institutions were reviewed for mention of requirements related to instruction in providing basic skills assistance to vocational students in teacher education programs. Most vocational teacher education students interviewed felt they were prepared to teach basic skills to their secondary vocational students, by virtue of their personal preparation and grasp of the skills, rather than as a result of specific teacher training in teaching such skills. Vocational teacher-students also gained some limited preparation for teaching basic skills through life experiences such as from employment and from their parents. The teacher education students generally thought that they had a responsibility to improve their students' basic skills, although the amount and type of such commitment varied widely. Some potential teachers expressed concern about lack of time for teaching such skills in vocational programs. The study suggested that further research is necessary to determine where basic skills should be taught, how vocational teachers are teaching such skills, and what inservice as compared to preservice teachers think about this topic, among other suggested research areas. (KC)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Higher Education, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Qualifications, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.