ERIC Number: ED303635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
A Comparative Study of Industrial Arts/Technology Education Competencies between Industrial Teacher Educators and Production/Plant Managers of Manufacturing Industries.
A study gathered information from the manufacturing world about its perception and evaluation of identified industrial arts/technology education competencies. It determined whether industrial arts/technology educators and manufacturing production managers thought significantly differently about the importance of competencies acquired in a secondary industrial arts/technology education program. Data were collected from 132 production managers of manufacturing companies throughout the United States and compared with data received from 55 teacher educators. Data analyses created a reliability coefficient matrix, determined alpha levels for each group of competencies, and compared the evaluations through a group analysis. Both educators and industrial managers rated interpersonal skills, oral communication skills, and problem-solving techniques high. In all three competency areas of attitudes, skills, and knowledge, educators and managers rated characteristics of individuals higher than specific occupational skill competencies. Managers thought significantly differently about the importance of attitude, value, and interest competencies. Educators evaluated knowledge competencies as the lowest category of the three and managers evaluated this category significantly lower. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (St. Louis, MO, December 2-6, 1988).