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Abstract

The perceived educational needs and interests of all 78 secondary health occupations teachers in Alabama were measured on the basis of 22 supplemented teacher competency topics from an earlier study at The Ohio State University. The data were statistically analyzed utilizing reliability, polychoric correlations, factor analyses yielding four factors, and general linear model procedures, and MANOVA models based on seven demographic independent variables. The results indicated multivariate significance for tenure, Master’s Degree in a field other than health occupations education, interest in health occupations education, and educational status. The teachers were concluded to have indicated an interest in several degree programs and to have perceived themselves competent in the majority of response areas; yet, wanted and needed continuing education workshops or course offerings to address their needs.

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