Assessment of needs of individuals plays a major role in identifying curricular content and processes for professional growth and development. This study specifically addressed the technical knowledge and skills perceived by secondary Health Occupations teachers to be currently possessed or needed to be gained. General nursing care skills were found not to be needed. The greatest expression of need was for medical laboratory procedures and computer utilization. Needs assessment of the intended student group has long been held to be a primary component of curriculum design. Not only has the assessment been a tenet of preservice educational program design but it has held a prominent role in continuing professional development of teachers. Curriculum theorists have advocated the identification of needs as a tool for student commitment, as well as the identification of content (Apps, 1985; Knowles, 1970; and Tyler, 1949). Technical skills. as well as those with the cognitive and affective domains are recognized as being within the arena of needs.



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