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dc.contributor.authorRowland, Bryan K.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:21:25Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:21:25Z
dc.date.issued1997-05-05en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-1945131059721601en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/30331
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to assess the climate for the adoption of a proposed reform model for secondary trade and industrial (T&I) education in Virginia. Vocational administrators and T&I instructors beliefs about the extent to which the adoption of the proposed model would precipitate selected outcomes were measured by using an instrument developed specifically for this study. The population of this study included two sub-groups: secondary vocational administrators and secondary T&I instructors. Equal representation from the groups could not be guaranteed as a result of the sampling procedures employed for this study. Questionnaires were mailed to 145 vocational administrators identified from the list provided by the Virginia Department of Education. Responses were received from 120 administrators 83%). Two-hundred-ninety-five questionnaires were distributed to T&I instructors. Responses were received from 129 instructors (43.7%). The study examined the climate for change in secondary T&I education programs in Virginia. It examined whether vocational administrators and T&I instructors believe that implementation of the proposed model would be likely to increase access to, the flexibility of, or the cost effectiveness of T&I programs. The extent to which administrators and instructors believed that increasing access, flexibility, and cost effectiveness would affect selected outcomes was also investigated. Finally, the study examined the degree of personal importance administrators and instructors placed on selected outcomes. There was a similar belief between both groups that implementation of the proposed T&I reform model would result in increased access, flexibility, and cost effectiveness. Both groups were optimistic that access and flexibility would be increased with slightly less optimism being shown for increased cost effectiveness. Also, both groups were optimistic that outcomes dealing with "quality" issues (improve quality of programs and increase student quality) would be affected positively as a result of model implementation and that the image of T&I programs would also be improved by implementation of the proposed T&I reform model. In general, administrators believed some reform outcomes less likely to be affected by increased access, flexibility, or cost effectiveness than others. Specifically, they believed it less likely that resources will increase or that the number of qualified instructors will increase merely as a result of implementation of the proposed model. Instructors' responses were optimistic for all outcomes except the extent that increased cost effectiveness would achieve selected outcomes. Instructors, like administrators, did not show strong support concerning the likelihood of model implementation increasing cost effectiveness. As a whole, both sub-groups appeared to be receptive to change. Although the proposed trade and industrial reform model may not in its current form accomplish the needed changes, administrators and instructors would seem to be accepting of attempts to reform secondary trade and industrial education in Virginia.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartbryan.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectvocational educationen_US
dc.subjecttrade and industrial educationen_US
dc.subjecteducation reformen_US
dc.titleTrade and Industrial Education: A Climate For Reformen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentTeaching and Learningen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCurriculum and Instructionen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairO'Reilly, Patrick A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFrantz, Nevin R. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEschenmann, Konrad Kurten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAsche, F. Marionen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRothschild, Joyceen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-1945131059721601/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-07-21en_US
dc.date.rdate1997-05-05
dc.date.adate1997-05-05en_US


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