A survey of the Montana Vocational Association members on their perceptions of the relative importance of the MVA
Berscheid, Redina Maureen
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The strength of a professional organization such as the Montana Vocational Association must come from its membership if it is to be viewed by teachers, administrators, counselors, state education personnel and the public as an important, integral part of our educational system. This study was conducted in order to determine the MVA members' perceptions on the relative importance of the MVA. The researcher surveyed the MVA membership as to their perception of the importance of a state professional organization and how well the MVA has accomplished its purposes. The responses were divided into two categories; importance to members and the accomplishments of the Montana Vocational Association. While many of the responses were positive, there were some areas of concern. For example, the MVA should improve its services to both members and nonmembers in regard to current vocational education issues. In addition, the respondents indicated a concern that the MVA leadership increase communications and public relations with its membership. Montana vocational educators should become more involved and familiarize themselves with the Montana Vocational Association purposes. On the other hand, it is imperative that the MVA leadership increase communications to its membership and provide the leadership to fulfill the purposes of the organization. It is recommended by this researcher that the conclusions and recommendations of this study be reviewed and implemented by the executive committee of the Montana Vocational Association.