Employers' and teachers' views of an on-the-job vocational training program for non-English-speaking adults

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

John H. Croghan - Committee Chair


The purpose of this correlational study was to investigate the effectiveness of a Job Preparatory/VESOL Education Program by examining job and classroom performance of participants and the employers' and teachers' views of specific program components. The 108 male and female adults of Hispanic, Haitian, and Seminole Indian ethnicity were subjects in this study. They were employed by three area hotels. Six instruments were used to gather data on the variables investigated. Those variables included achievement in the classroom; time on the job; time in the education program; employees' effectiveness on the job; objectives and communication skills achieved. The data were analyzed using the Spearman Rank-Order Correlation Coefficient at the.05 level of confidence. Results indicated that some hotel environments showed a relationship between: length of employment and effectiveness on the job; length of time in the program and number of objectives achieved; the number of objectives achieved and student effectiveness in the classroom. The number of communication skills achieved and effectiveness in the classroom and a relationship between length of time in education programs and longer employment were also found to be related.


Education, Adult and Continuing; Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Education, Vocational

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