|Abstract or Summary
- The purpose of this research was directed toward an examination
of personnel resources in vocational education. More particularly,
the study attempted to determine contributions made by personnel,
to assess the procedures and processes utilized in making
these contributions, and to identify strengths that need to be developed
in future personnel.
Answers to three questions were sought: 1) What do selected
leaders in vocational education do? 2) What common tasks are performed
by personnel at different position levels? 3) How are these
tasks performed? One null hypothesis was formulated to test the
findings: There are no differences between tasks performed by
personnel at the secondary, community college, state department of
education and teacher education levels.
Sixty-four individuals from 28 states who held leadership positions
were selected. Specific tasks performed by each were collected
over a period of five weeks for a total of 181 man-days.
Reported tasks were assigned to 14 major functional categories.
Total time devoted to each category (by position level) and the process
utilized in performing each task were determined.
Analysis of data revealed a significant difference between the
four position levels and therefore, rejected the hypothesis. The
greatest similarity in rank order correlation existed between secondary
and teacher education positions and the least similarity appeared
between secondary and community college positions. Community
college positions were decidedly different from the other three position
Personnel development, researching, planning, and supervising
were the highest ranking categories when all positions were compared.
Lowest ranking task categories were promoting, consulting,
budgeting and financing, policy formulating, and guidance and counseling
in that order.
Processes utilized to accomplish tasks indicated that 66.8 percent
of the time spent by the individuals was devoted to the four kinds
of social interactions: group, face-to-face, written and telephone
interaction. Group and face-to-face interactions accounted for 52.7
percent of the total time and 79.3 percent of the total interactions.