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Abstract

Health occupations teachers are facing many challenges which necessitate development of new competencies in order to facilitate a viable Health Occupations Education program. An important teacher competency is instructional management which entails obtaining instructional resources; projecting resource needs; managing budgeting and reporting responsibilities; developing and maintaining a filing system; providing for student safety and first aid needs; assisting students in developing self-discipline; and planning, organizing, managing, and maintaining the physical facilities of the laboratory. To address these challenges, data were collected in Alabama concerning Health Occupations Education teachers’ perceptions of their educational needs relative to instructional management. Overall the majority of teachers rated their competence as above average in all areas of instructional management. The highest need was combatting problems of student chemical use. The highest competency rating was providing for student safety. Further research is recommended to monitor these competencies.

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