ERIC Number: ED438473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania Vocational Teacher Preparedness: Implications for Teacher Development in the 21st Century.
Gbomita, Victor K. A.
The preparation and qualifications of Pennsylvania vocational education (VE) teachers were examined in a statewide survey. Survey instruments were mailed to all 152 practicing VE teachers in Pennsylvania who had received a Pennsylvania Vocational Instructional II Certificate in 1990-1998. Thirty-four (22.37%) of the VE teachers completed questionnaires. Thirty (88%) of the respondents had worked in their occupational field for 5 or more years before becoming a teacher. Fifteen (44.1%) had a four-year degree or higher, and 97.1% were teaching in the occupational field in which they are certified. Twenty-six (78.8%) considered themselves well prepared or very well prepared to implement state or school district curriculum and performance standards, and 97.0% reported feeling well prepared or very well prepared to delivery instruction utilizing effective teaching methods. However, 4 of the 16 respondents who answered the question about the adequacy of existing teacher education stated that teacher education programs must provide more academic content for VE teachers. An in-depth study of a larger population of VE teachers was recommended to provide the information base needed for thorough assessment of VE teacher education program development in the 21st century. (Contains 17 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Competency Based Teacher Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Needs Assessment, Professional Development, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Education, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Qualifications, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania