ERIC Number: ED351550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Course-Taking Patterns of Vocational Teacher Education Baccalaureate Degree Recipients: Teacher Preparation, General Education, and Teaching Content Area Studies.
Finch, Curtis R.; And Others
A study documented coursework completed by graduates of university vocational teacher preparation programs. Twenty-two universities and colleges preparing vocational education teachers provided transcripts for 1988-89 graduates; data from 412 transcripts were coded. Courses taken within various categories were analyzed and comparisons made among teaching majors in terms of amount of coursework taken. Graduates completed extensive numbers of technical subject matter content courses that included a reasonable balance between upper- and lower-level course taking. They completed a range of mathematics, social science, science, and English general education studies. Teacher educators appeared to review the upper-level course-taking patterns of their students to ensure they were not missing opportunities to enrich the general studies component of their programs. Vocational teacher coursework taken in mathematics, social science, English, and science was similar to that taken by graduates reported in other studies. A suggestion was that teacher educators systematically assess the course-taking patterns of prospective vocational education teachers and determine whether general education studies requirements were sufficient to provide graduates with mathematics, social science, science, and English capabilities for functioning effectively in their professional roles as they are asked to integrate academic skills. (Appendixes include 15 references and tables and data related to study results.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Basic Skills, Course Selection (Students), Education Majors, Educational Research, Elective Courses, English, General Education, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Mathematics, Preservice Teacher Education, Required Courses, Sciences, Secondary Education, Social Sciences, Specialization, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: Prepared with the assistance of the Southern Regional Education Board.