ERIC Number: ED289075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education Student Organizations. Five Star Approach to Excellence.
A study assessed the value of vocational student organizations (VSOs). Two areas of special concern were development of a sense of civic responsibility and entry employment skills. Data were obtained from 259 personal interviews with school administrators, parents, employers of former members, vocational teachers, former students, and current students. Vocational teachers from 75 schools identified as having exemplary programs also provided information. The VSOs and the personal qualities they engendered in participating members received high ratings that equated with ratings for technical skills. The three top rated qualities were getting along with others, good work habits, and effective communications. An interested, devoted teacher, high degree of participation, and a program relevant to members were the top three attributes of exemplary groups. Policies used by teachers included some class/laboratory time, time beyond the school day, meeting times available to all members, and VSOs considered as part of the curriculum and teaching process. Recommendations included VSO development as an integral part of teacher education curriculum, better preservice and inservice teacher education regarding teachers' role as advisors, and local board of education funding of instructional materials. (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Employment Potential, Job Skills, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Organizations, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Participation, Teacher Role, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Council on Vocational Education, Westerville.