ERIC Number: ED268312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of Competencies Needed by Vocational Education Administrators in Alabama with Implications for Professional Development Programs.
Baker, Richard A.; Selman, James W.
One hundred vocational administrators in Alabama responded to a questionnaire designed to determine the following: (1) the administrative tasks performed by secondary-level vocational education administrators; (2) the administrator tasks performed by deans of instruction in teachnical colleges; (3) the perceived competency level of administrators and deans to perform the task; and (4) the extent of general agreement among superintendents of education, secondary-level vocational administrators, and the program review reports with regard to the importance of competency areas and the related need for program improvement. The study found that the immediate professional development needs for secondary vocational administrators by task priority included developing a complete plan to promote vocational education, conducting program promotional activities, developing a community involvement plan, and ensuring continuing communication with the advisory council, while intermediate needs included identifying alternative funding sources, influencing traditional funding sources to benefit the program, using needed data to identify the vocational programs and support services needed, and planning a staff development program. Immediate professional development needs for deans of instruction by task priority include operating an equipment preventive maintenance program and planning demonstration, pilot, and exemplary programs, while their intermediate needs include ensuring continuing communication with advisory councils, constructing a schedule conflict matrix, and organizing a student learning resource center. The data may be useful in determining content to be included in professional development activities for vocational administrators. Five tables present detailed analyses of the study data. An appendix provides a list of tasks by competency area. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Evaluation, Competency Based Teacher Education, Educational Needs, Management Development, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Secondary Education, Staff Development, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education
Department of Vocational and Adult Education, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-3501 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Center for Vocational and Adult Education.
Note: Tables and appendix contain small print.