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ERIC Number: ED263318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
An Overview of Research and Concerns Regarding Post-Secondary Vocational Educator's Professional Preparation.
Denton, Ray
Recent reports, such as "A Nation at Risk," have reinforced the fact that postsecondary-level vocational educators must not only be experts in their chosen fields but must also be professional presenters of the information of their fields of expertise. In the 1960s and early 1970s, persons preparing to teach in postsecondary-level vocational education programs could generally take up to 3 years to acquire 9 credit hours of education classes. Today, a typical requirement involves taking from 9 to 18 credit hours in education and attending a vocational seminar or conference. While this represents some improvement in the state of teacher preparation, it is at best a very weak, if not token, approach. Studies indicate that the problem is not so much one of potential teachers not wanting to become good teachers, but rather one of a lack of opportunities to obtain adequate preparation and professional development. The literature on the professional preparation of vocational education teachers includes numerous surveys dealing with teachers' perceived needs for pre- and inservice education, current certification and licensing requirements, and the results of various attempts at assessing incoming teachers' abilities before they entered vocational education. These studies must be utilized and expanded upon. (MN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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