ERIC Number: ED314590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Political Socialization Patterns of Politically Active Vocational Educators.
Wade, Barbara K.
A study investigated the political socialization patterns of politically active vocational educators. Six groups of vocational educators were examined: agriculture education teacher educators, agriculture administrators, home economics teacher educators, home economics administrators, trade and industrial education teacher educators, and trade and industrial education administrators. There were 160 usable responses from a sample of 300 educators. Subjects were considered to be politically active by virtue of their membership in the American Vocational Association (AVA), the national lobbying group for vocational education. The Ley (1979) study was the basis for this research, and Ley's instruments were used for gathering data: a Background Information Sheet and the Political Socialization Q-Sort. A factor analysis of the Q-Sort items produced four distinct determinants of political socialization: family as an influence; professional organizations as an influence; significant others as an influence; and graduate school faculty as an influence. No significant differences were found among the groups. The study recommended that vocational educators be encouraged to promote workplace democracy for themselves and their students. (Includes 16 references, 10 tables, and the two instruments.) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).