AN ASSESSMENT OF THE VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS AT METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BASED ON A FOLLOW-UP OF THE GRADUATES OF 1983 (TENNESSEE)

MONICA LANIER DILLARD, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to measure student satisfaction of high school vocational education courses. An additional aim was to determine whether there was a difference in student satisfaction between the three major divisions in vocational education courses.^ The data gathering instrument contained eight items and required high school graduates to give information pertaining to their ability to obtain employment due to their high school vocational education training. Item eight of the instrument had seventeen subquestions relating to the quality of instruction which asked the graduates to rate one, two, three, or four (poor, fair, good, or excellent) on each item. A total of 261 graduates were randomly selected for participation in this study. The response rate was 70 percent with 183 graduates responding.^ The data obtained from the graduates were analyzed and executed in narrative and graphic form in terms of frequency and percentage of each survey item. Mean scores were also listed for each of the seventeen subquestions of item eight.^ Among the conclusions resulting from the analysis of data, the following were deemed to be most significant. (1) Vocational education course offerings were available to students who wanted to enroll in them. (2) There was little emphasis placed on the development of technical knowledge in Trade and Industry courses. (3) The development of clerical skills was high among Office Occupation graduates. (4) Home Economics graduates found chances to solve problems involving work attitudes excellent. (5) Vocational education teachers were found to be highly interested in their students. (6) It was found that vocational education teachers provided appropriate learning experiences for students. (7) There was a perceived need for career guidance and counseling services for vocational education graduates. (8) Equipment and tools were adequate for student use in vocational education courses. (9) It was the majority opinion that the condition of the labs and shops was good in vocational education courses. (10) Less than 50 percent of the graduates were found to be attending school since graduating from high school. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration

Recommended Citation

MONICA LANIER DILLARD, "AN ASSESSMENT OF THE VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS AT METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BASED ON A FOLLOW-UP OF THE GRADUATES OF 1983 (TENNESSEE)" (1984). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI8529567.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI8529567

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