ERIC Number: ED253701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
State Legislative Perceptions of Vocational Education. Occasional Paper No. 102.
Field, Ronald H.
Key people in the legislatures of 13 states notably active in educational reform or restructuring (Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington) were contacted to obtain information on how state legislatures look at vocational education in light of the overall educational excellence and reform movement. The general view was that a good basic education is the best thing one could provide for high school students. A growing feeling was that vocational education is more appropriate at the postsecondary level. In most cases, legislatures had not addressed differential standards for vocational education. The general consensus was that there was little or no planning for vocational education. Except for the south, respondents in other areas had a good reaction to the perceived quality of vocational education. Respondents expected vocational education to turn out a skilled work force, but the general feeling was that funding levels needed to be improved to accomplish that. The Federal program had influence on State policy. The legislatures did not see the private sector as having been a major influence on programs. If it existed at all, economic development policy related only to postsecondary vocational education. The growing emphasis on future-oriented, technical training was at the postsecondary level. (Questions and answers are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Economic Development, Educational Change, Educational Principles, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Futures (of Society), Legislators, Postsecondary Education, Role of Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Standards, State Government, Technological Advancement
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (OC102--$2.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.