The impact of vocational student organizations on the opportunities for leadership skill development perceived by secondary vocational students
Gibbs, Aubrey Damon
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The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of opportunities to develop potential leadership skills by members and nonmembers of six national secondary vocational youth organizations with Georgia affiliations. The data collected were analyzed using a variety of analysis of variance techniques with a .05 level of significance. When needed, a Bonferroni post hoc test was utilized. Six conclusions were presented based on the review of the literature, the survey instrument and the results of the statistical analysis. They include: 1. The six vocational student organizations provide opportunities which potentially lead to the development of leadership skills. 2. Members of all students organizations perceive greater opportunities for the development of leadership skills than do nonmembers. 3. Differences in the perceived degree of opportunity to develop leadership skills vary among members of the six organizations. 4. Differences exist between member and nonmember vocational students in the perceived opportunity to develop leadership skills, depending upon the specific vocational youth organization to which they are affiliated. 5. In the perception of opportunities to develop the four categories of leadership skills in the vocational student organizations, nonmembers and members ranked interpersonal skills development the highest. 6. Vocational student organizations are offering fewer opportunities for leadership skill development in the organization activities category than were offered 20 years ago. Five recommendations were made based on the findings and conclusions derived from the study. They include: 1. The leadership skills should provide direction for structuring activities within vocational organizations. 2. Persons responsible for teacher education programs should give consideration to the development of competencies needed by advisors to vocational student organizations as it relates to those leadership skills common to all six student organizations. 3. Student teachers should be placed with master vocational teachers who implement leadership development as an integral part of their vocational program. 4. Vocational teachers should regularly attend in-service opportunities where strategies can be developed for integration of student organization activities into the classroom curriculum. 5. Further research should be conducted to determine if other skills are offered by the various vocational student organizations.