|Abstract or Summary
- The purpose of this study was to assist the development of an
improved technical teacher education program. Specifically, the
project sought to determine what, if any, factors in the backgrounds
of successful technical teachers may have accounted for their success
in teaching. To provide information to this end, the investigation
sought answers to the following questions:
1. What is the family status of successful technical teachers?
2. What is the nature of the successful technical teacher's
3. Is there a definite educational background pattern that
characterizes the successful technical teacher?
4. Do the teaching loads of the successful teachers differ
from those of the less successful instructors?
5. Do high success teachers receive higher salaries than do
low success teachers?
6. Does the successful technical teacher belong to community
and professional organizations?
7. Are successful technical teachers interested in art, music,
literature, and social sciences?
8. Do successful technical instructors agree in their curriculum
recommendations for technical teacher education?
Directors of technical education in 354 post-secondary institutions
in 44 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, were requested
to evaluate each of their full-time technical instructors,
having a minimum of two years of teaching experience. The 354
schools represented all of the institutions in the United States and
its territories, conducting full-time, post- secondary, technical
education programs in 1963 under Title VIII of the National Defense
The evaluation instrument was based upon staff evaluation
forms currently used in most large school systems.
The participants in the study were selected on the basis of
their evaluation scores. The instructors with high scores (top 22
percent) constituted the high success group, while the low rated
instructors (bottom 22 percent) served as the low success group.
Technical instructors in both groups were contacted by mail.
They were requested to complete a comprehensive questionnaire
dealing with four distinct categories; educational background, current teaching activities, interests, and recommendations for a
technical teacher education curriculum.
The questionnaire returns were tabulated by the Oregon State
University Computer Center. The mean responses of the two groups
to each of the questions were compared and analyzed. Responses
that indicated significant differences between the two groups were
further studied and evaluated. A summary of the findings is herewith
1. The high success instructors generally attended state universities
while the low success group was more likely
product of other 4-year institutions.
2. The high success teachers had more advanced degrees in
Education among them than there were among the low
3. The average high success instructor had more students
in his classes than the low success teacher.
4. The average high success instructor earned $2,636 more
per year than the low success teacher.
5. The average low success instructor had 1.2 years more
teaching experience than the high success teacher.
6. The average low success instructor had 4.1 years more
industrial experience than the high success teacher.
7. No significant difference was found between the two groups
as to completed teacher education course work or inservice
8. No significant variance was found between the two groups
in their family status, major teaching fields, and the age
at which they started teaching.