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dc.contributor.authorEvans, Jewel Lynnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:22:05Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:22:05Z
dc.date.issued1997-05-07en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-51797-114439en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/30570
dc.description.abstract(ABSTRACT) There is currently a shortage of African American vocational teachers. If the shortage is to be averted, vocational professionals must find ways to increase the number of African American teachers in vocational education (Arnold & Levesque, 1992; Martinez, 1991; Young, 1989). The purpose of this study was to identify the factors that influenced African Americans to become vocational teachers and to identify experiences related to their progress in vocational teacher licensure programs. Factors identified as influencing African Americans to select vocational teaching careers were linked with factors found in the O'Neil, Meeker, and Borger (1978) Sex Role Socialization and Career Decision-Making model. This qualitative study consisted of structured interviews with 12 college students who were preparing to become vocational teachers. Students were interviewed at 6 campuses in 2 southeastern states. Students represented vocational programs in (a) agriculture education, (b) business education, (c) family and consumer sciences education, (d) marketing education, (e) trade and industrial education, and (f) technology education. Six of the students were from predominantly white universities and 6 students were from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The findings of the study revealed that the most significant influences behind respondents choosing vocational teaching careers related to teacher role models, family support, altruism, the intangible benefits of teaching, and love for vocational professions. Most of the factors identified related to factors found in the O'Neil et al. (1978) model. A factor, entitled the Spritual Factor, emerged in addition to those identified in the original O'Neil et al. model. Positive relationships with knowledgeable faculty, supportive peers, active participation in vocational organizations, and confidence in academic preparation, enhanced the progress of students in vocational licensure programs. All universities selected in the study shared similar elements. Students and faculty at HBCUs, however, tended to lean toward a student-centered focus while students and faculty at predominantly white universities tended to lean toward an academically-oriented focus.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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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.subjectteacher shortageen_US
dc.subjectAfrican Americanen_US
dc.subjectcareer choiceen_US
dc.subjectteacher certificationen_US
dc.titleFactors Influencing African Americans To Select Teaching Careers In Vocational Education And Experiences That Relate To Their Progress In Vocational Teacher Licensure Programsen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentVocational and Technical Educationen_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.disciplineVocational and Technical Educationen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairHeath-Camp, Betty A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCrumwell, Sidney E. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFrantz, Nevin R. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStewart, Daisy L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStitts, Kathyen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-51797-114439/en_US
dc.date.sdate1997-05-07en_US
dc.date.rdate1998-07-09
dc.date.adate1997-07-09en_US


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