ERIC Number: ED291971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Vocational Teacher Education: A Survey of Preservice and Inservice Preparation.
Pratzner, Frank C.
In order to measure the preservice and inservice preparation of vocational education teachers, a mail survey was conducted of beginning vocational teachers' perceptions of their competencies and preparation for teaching--especially their preparation for teaching basic skills and special student populations. The survey population included 740 beginning teachers (a 32 percent response), 69 preservice preparation programs (a 61 percent response), and 530 local school administrators or mentors (a 23 percent response). The study found that vocational teacher preservice preparation gives little or modest attention to preparation for teaching basic skills and special student populations. The majority of beginning vocational teachers received no inservice preparation during their first year of teaching, and the small amount of inservice education that was offered was judged by them as being only somewhat effective. Apparently, such recent developments as "induction year programs" and first-year mentoring and assistance programs for teachers are yet to be implemented in secondary vocational education. Recommendations were made for upgrading teacher education programs by including more liberal arts and more preparation for teaching basic skills and special populations, as well as by having colleges and high schools work together to provide more student experience and inservice programs for beginning teachers. Basic skills competency testing of preservice teachers also seems desirable and inevitable. (KC)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Beginning Teachers, Classroom Techniques, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Exceptional Persons, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.