ERIC Number: ED356376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Occupational Education Teachers in Nevada.
Quon, Denise Kimhing; Smith, David Lawson
A study sought to describe the professional activities and background characteristics of occupational education teachers in Nevada and their concerns about issues facing occupational education. Data were obtained through a written questionnaire sent to all 519 occupational education teachers in the state (386 were completed for a 74 percent return) and from information stored within a state certification database. Some of the results were the following: (1) 91.5% of occupational education teachers are Caucasian; (2) over 90% of home economics teachers are women whereas over 98% of trade and industrial arts teachers are men; (3) the average salary of occupational education teachers is $30,170, somewhat lower than the average secondary teacher's salary in the state; (4) teachers have taught in secondary schools for an average of 13.3 years; (5) teachers reported average class sizes of 22 students; (6) about 40 percent of the teachers do not have appropriate occupational endorsements to teach the classes they are teaching; (6) more than one-third of the teachers sponsor an occupational educational student organization; (7) almost 81 percent of the teachers have work experience in an occupational education area; and (8) teachers reported lack of availability of suitable occupational education preparation courses as an impediment to their professional development. The results suggested the need for further study of the sufficiency of training opportunities in occupational areas, the adequacy of funding of Nevada's occupational programs, and the adequacy of recruiting efforts to bring teachers into nontraditional areas. The survey instrument is attached and a total of 32 data tables are either appended or included with the text. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City. Planning, Research and Evaluation Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada