Vocational education competencies identified for local leaders of occupational education Public Deposited

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  • Competencies essential for the adequate performance of vocational education leadership roles were investigated in this study. Methods of preparing individuals for these roles were also considered. Answers to two basic questions were sought as base data on which future programs of occupational education leadership might be built. These questions were: 1. What competencies must be possessed by leaders in occupational education? 2. How can the essential competencies for occupational education leaders best be developed? A list of competency items thought to be needed for effective leadership was identified through the review of literature and during study of existing leadership development programs. This list of competency items was studied and revised by more than 160 present leaders of vocational education who participated in Oregon's Program of Vocational Education Leadership Development Seminars during 1966. Competency items were rewritten and incorporated into a questionnaire utilizing a Likert type scale to obtain a rating for each of the 50 items. The questionnaire was then administered to 134 leaders of vocational education in Oregon and to ten national leaders. An 88 percent return was received from the Oregon population and a 100 percent return from the national population. The mean rating for each competency item was computed and the items ranked according to their mean ratings. Rankings were determined for each subgroup of the total Oregon population as well as for the national panel and the total Oregon population. Application of the Chi Square test to each competency item did not indicate significant difference in the way the national panel rated each item as compared to the Oregon study population. When the Spearman rank coefficient statistic was used to measure the degree of association between the competency items' ranking by the two study populations, a positive correlation was determined. The findings of this study have identified a list of 40 competencies which, in all probability, are essential to the adequate performance by occupational education leaders. These competencies are most applicable to Oregon needs but should also be generally applicable to other states. The findings also indicate that the best method of preparing an individual for most competencies is a combination of course work and internship experience. The list of essential competencies identified can serve as a base on which to build future programs of vocational education leadership development.
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