ERIC Number: ED317807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Three Years Later: An Assessment of the Mississippi Diversified Technology Initiative. Final Report.
Yuen, Steve Chi-Yin
The purpose of a study was to determine the demographics of the Diversified Technology (DT) program, its acceptance, and implementation in Mississippi. The DT program is a 2-year program to prepare 11th- and 12th-graders to go into postsecondary programs in technical areas such as hydraulics, robotics, lasers, and computer-aided design. At the time of the study there were 44 DT programs operating in Mississippi. Questionnaires were returned by 44 teachers, 42 vocational directors, 42 counselors, and 833 (88 percent) students. Findings included the following: 32 vocational centers had the 2-year program, 12 had only the first-year program; teachers reported that nearly one-third of the students who had completed the DT program had enrolled in postsecondary programs; 47 percent of the students currently enrolled expressed an interest in entering junior college technical programs upon completion of high school; most of the DT teachers came from industrial arts, science, and vocational education with an average of 6.8 years of teaching experience; 28 percent of the students were female; students cited counselors as most influential in the decision to enroll in the DT program, whereas teachers indicated that the greatest effort in recruiting students came from the teachers themselves; and vocational directors supported and promoted the DT program at their schools and provided the necessary support for the DT teachers. (Fourteen data tables are included in the report.) (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi