ERIC Number: ED230753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education Needs Assessment. Survey of Older Americans. Executive Summary.
Sheppard, N. Alan
A sample of senior citizens (aged 55 and over) was surveyed to identify their interest in enrolling in different types of vocational courses and their overall educational needs in relation to sex, race, educational attainment, and preference for course location. The research methodology involved the administration of a questionnaire to 143 older adults who participate in programs or activities sponsored by senior centers in Virginia. The respondents felt, though not overwhelmingly so, that vocational education could adequately meet their educational needs, upgrade their present occupational skills, or develop new skills. Their preferences for the type of vocational course included food services and nutrition, computer programming, auto mechanics, homemaking education, carpentry, and printing. Obstacles to continued participation in formal education and educational programs identified most often were cost, age, physical condition, attitude, times of programs, and transportation problems. Senior centers were the preferences for the location of education/vocational education courses. They preferred short-term vocational training (six weeks or less), morning classes, and classes on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. A significant relationship was found between their interest for different types of vocational courses and age, sex, and educational attainment. (Recommendations are made for incorporating these findings into educational planning.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg. Div. of Vocational-Technical Education.