Federal vocational education legislation has undergone drastic changes in recent years. This study was designed to determine the educational philosophies of the leaders who pushed for the 1990 Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act Amendments and the degree to which the amendments reflected the philosophies of those leaders. Data were collected on testimonies given before the United State[s] Congress during hearings related to the act, to identify who the leaders were. Once the leaders were identified, the published literature and testimony of each leaders was analyzed using a m model developed by Lloyd Duck and the educational philosophy for each leader was identified. Finally, provisions of the act were compared to the philosophies and testimonies of the leaders to identify if the act paralleled the philosophical rationale of the leaders. This researcher found that of the leaders who pushed for the act, the majority, though not all, were of an experimentalist educational philosophy. Further analysis revealed that while the act appeared on the surface to match well with several different educational philosophies, it actually did not match the philosophies of all of the leaders. Because of this, this researcher concluded that implementation of the act may not be successful unless a new educational philosophy is established.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
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Woodley, Cynthia D., "An historical analysis of the philosophies of the vocational education leaders in relation to the 1990 Carl D. Perkins vocational and applied technology education act amendments" (1992). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4538.