Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Charles C. Warfield

Second Advisor

Dr. Carol Sheffer

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert M. Brashear

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker


The purpose of this investigation was to examine role expectations held for vocational education instructors by the following reference groups: vocational instructors, vocational education advisory committee members, and vocational counselors. A sample of 356 participants from 27 schools throughout the state of Michigan completed the Vocational Education Teacher Questionnaire which was used to measure the groups' expectations of the role of vocational education instructors. Twelve hypotheses predicted differences in groups' expectations. Using one-way analysis of variance statistical technique and the Welch approximate t test, the hypotheses were tested. Differences were found between: (1) Instructors and administrators regarding definition of performance objectives and communicaton with parents. (2) Instructors and advisory members regarding schooling and work experience and development and planning of content. (3) Administrators and advisory members regarding schooling and work experience, definition of performance objectives, and development and planning of content.

No significant differences were found between the paired group means for counselors and any other group. Therefore, administrators should be aware of these differences and should plan to provide additional help to advisory committee members in understanding the role of the vocational instructor.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access