ERIC Number: ED357193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational-Technical Education and the Secondary School: What School Board Members Say. School Board Survey Results.
Hofstrand, Richard K.
A survey determined people's perceptions of the relationship of vocational-technical education (VTE) to secondary school programs. Data were collected from 451 local school board members, school administrators, school business officials, and citizens from Illinois during a joint convention of the state associations of all three groups in November 1991. A written survey asked respondents to declare the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with 11 statements about secondary VTE. Respondents indicated overwhelming agreement that VTE should be an integral part of the secondary school curriculum. They also agreed on three out of five purposes of high school VTE, namely, that it should provide: (1) cooperative work experience and apprenticeships; (2) technical knowledge and skills to enter a career; and (3) career awareness, guidance, and exploration. A high percentage (85 percent) either strongly agreed or agreed that public school should be held accountable for work force preparation outcomes through current legislation. Respondents agreed on the following: the state board should hold secondary vocational programs accountable through measurement of student performance; high school programs should meet performance standards; the state should require a program remediation plan, closer state monitoring and technical assistance, and published school and program accountability ratings; Illinois high school students should be able to pass a work readiness test; and tech prep should replace traditional VTE. A majority (55 percent) agreed that the state should establish a dual system of in-school and inplant training. Releasing students from school to the workplace for part of their education time drew mixed reviews. Nine recommendations are offered based on three results. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Council on Vocational Education, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois