Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Linda R. Tennison, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Rachel Mathews, Ed.D.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the benefits, restrictions, and future implications of vocational education. Using a self developed questionnaire, eight teachers in two south-central Virginia counties were interviewed. The data were analyzed and placed under themes. From the data obtained it was found that these vocational and special education teachers varied on certain areas they think are pertinent in vocational education. Areas that differentiated focused on the value of vocational programs, or how beneficial they are (responses of special educators emphasized this 33% and vocational teachers 66%), and the emphasis of community based instruction as a component of vocational education (special educators emphasized community based instruction 75% and vocational educators 25%). Areas of concern for both groups involved funding for vocational programs, the size of vocational classes, vocational options for the students, and the importance of teamwork involving teachers and administration. It was found that vocational teachers and special educators generally believe that vocational programs can be beneficial, but with revisions and future implications could lead to a higher rate of job placement for students with special needs.



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