ERIC Number: ED259164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
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An Analysis of Secondary Teacher Attitudes towards Competency Based Education: Vocational Instructors versus Non-Vocational Instructors. Societal Factors Affecting Education.
MacFarland, Thomas W.
This investigation was conducted to determine whether or not a difference in attitude towards competency-based education exists between vocational instructors and non-vocational instructors. The investigation was conducted by distributing a 15-statement survey to the 140 faculty members at Coconut Creek High School, Coconut Creek, Florida. Forty-six of the surveys were returned (32.9 percent); 16 surveys were returned by vocational instructors and 30 surveys by non-vocational instructors. The null hypothesis stated that there would be no significant difference between vocational instructors and non-vocational instructors at the school concerning their attitudes toward competency-based education. Chi-square tests were used to compare data results. A significance level of .05 was used. After analysis of the data, the null hypothesis was confirmed (i.e., both vocational and non-vocational teachers were very much in favor of competency-based education). Based upon the results of this investigation, the following recommendations were made: (1) conduct similar surveys in other Broward County High Schools to broaden the base of the survey; (2) investigate the strength of vocational instructors' convictions towards competency-based education; and (3) investigate the general willingness of vocational instructors to conduct competency-based education inservice programs. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Florida