The present status and future trends of business education programs in Nebraska public high schools

Pamela A. Troutman, University of Nebraska at Omaha

A Thesis Presented to the Department of Secondary / Post-Secondary Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1976, Pamela A. Troutman.


Curriculum and instruction decision making is a complex problem. Many attempts have been made in the past two decades to develop new curriculum and instructional techniques which the proponents of such programs and procedures hoped would be adopted by schools throughout the nation. In many cases, however, such hopes were never realized since the classroom teacherp were unwilling or unable to use the new approaches. Thus a more realistic picture of what is currently happening or what will happen in any curriculum area can be better determined by finding out what classroom teachers anticipate than by relying on the prediction of national "experts." The data and findings of this study will provide information about what the business teachers in the state feel will be taking place in their classrooms in the next five years. Such information will provide business education curriculum developers with an indication of how those in the field view curriculum and instructional changes. It will also provide a baseline against which data obtained'in future surveys can be computed.