Analysis of opinion of teacher-coordinators, administrators, and guidance counselors concerning cooperative vocational education Public Deposited

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  • THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY The major purpose of this study was to determine if there were statistically significant differences among the opinions of teachercoordinators, administrators, and guidance counselors concerning cooperative vocational education. Specifically the objectives were: (1) to determine if there were differences in the opinions of the three groups as to the value and the operational procedures of cooperative vocational education; (2) to test the hypothesis that there is no significant difference among the opinions of the three groups;(3) to list recommendations that should be considered for additional research and teacher education activities; (4) to develop guidelines that should be considered in the further development of cooperative vocational education programs in Oregon. THE PROCEDURES The construction and validation of the questionnaire were accomplished through a review of the literature and an evaluation by three juries of experts. A mail survey questionnaire containing 26 value statements and 34 operational procedures together with a five-point Likert-type scale was used to gather the data. The study's population utilized 77 Oregon secondary schools which offered five or more occupational clusters. The sample for the study consisted of 50 full-time administrators, 50 full-time guidance counselors, and 50 full-time teacher-coordinators, all randomly selected from the schools identified in the population. The F statistic was used to analyze contrasts among the mean scores for each statement with the . 05 level of significance being used to determine differences existing among the three groups. A test of Least Significant Difference was used To determine where significant differences existed between means of the statements which were rejected in the analysis of variance test. SELECTED FINDINGS Generally, the analysis of variance test indicated that the three groups were alike in their responses to the statements contained in the questionnaire but significant differences did occur in five of the 26 value statements and seven of the 34 operational procedures. SELECTED CONCLUSIONS The testing of the mean scores indicated that the three groups were similar in their responses. The hypothesis was retained on 48 of the 60 statements. The three groups generally agreed that there was some value in cooperative vocational education programs. They generally agreed on 32 of the 34 operational procedures. SELECTED RECOMMENDATIONS In view of the findings and conclusions of the study, it is recommended that additional research be conducted using students and persons outside education to assess the value and operational procedure statements. It is also recommended that teacher education activities and in-service activities be conducted in relationship to cooperative vocational education. SELECTED GUIDELINES The following guidelines are suggested as essential to program development and growth in Oregon. 1. All students 16 years and older should have an opportunity to enroll. 2. Guidance personnel should become more involved in the organization and operation of the program. 3. The teacher-coordinator should be hired on an extended contract basis. 4. The program should consist of three components; the classroom instruction, the youth organization, and the on-the-job experiences.
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