ERIC Number: ED338910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Statewide Needs Assessment in Tennessee: Vocational Administrators.
McNelly, Don E.; And Others
Baseline data were obtained pertaining to needs assessment criteria and standards of performance as perceived by local secondary vocational administrators in Tennessee. All local secondary vocational administrators listed in the 1990-91 state directory were the eligible population. The survey consisted of 32 items with a Likert response scale. Sixteen items pertained to the school and 16 to the vocational teachers. Descriptive statistics and analysis of variance were used to describe the responses and report comparisons. Items' mean rankings from lowest to highest were reported for all respondents to provide an overall statewide ranking of items and by certification as a local vocational administrator on all items. Respondents as a group identified four of the lowest five mean rated items as pertaining to employers or business and industry involvement and perceived their teachers as having the five lowest mean ratings on items pertaining to basic skills, articulation agreements, employer review of program instructional material, integration of basic skills, and employers reviewing programs to identify needs. When respondents were compared on the basis of certification, 10 significant differences were found with the lower mean ratings coming from the respondents without certification on 9 items. Overall, the mean scores for respondents with certification were higher on 26 items. The study identified barriers preventing students from participating in vocational education that were serious and needed to be addressed. (Appendixes include 11 references and the survey.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Legislation, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, Needs Assessment, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Teacher Certification, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee State Dept. of Education, Nashville. Div. of Vocational-Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Dept. of Technological and Adult Education.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990