Pre-vocational education in Jordan : implications for teacher preparation and in-service training
This study proposes a rational basis for pre-vocational. education (PVE) teacher preparation and training in Jordan based on a thorough assessment of the teacher's role and responsibilities. Qualitative and quantitative data collection methods were employed. These included semi-structured interviews with members of the Jordanian National Teams for PVE Curriculum Development and for Supervision on PVE Curriculum Development, as well as with PVE supervisors in Jordan. Selfcompletion questionnaires were also administered to a sample of PVE teachers and educational supervisors. Asserting that design and implementation of a successful training programme should be founded on the job activities and competencies required, this study presents a job description for the PVE teacher, analyses the activities involved, and identifies the associated competencies. The study proceeds to scrutinise the components of WE teacher preparation, analyses the current delivery of PVE in Jordan, identifies some deficiencies, and considers potential corrective action. The study also discusses the necessity of vocational field experience for the PVE teacher. Current programmes of PVE teacher preparation are critically examined, shortcomings are identified, and proposals for improvement are discussed.