The Journal of Career and Technical Education can be obtained in both paper and electronic form. This Spring 2003 issue (19-2) marks the thirty-eighth issue of JCTE in print and the sixteenth issue currently on-line. The printed journal is mailed to members and other subscribers around the world and is indexed in ERIC. The electronic journal is available worldwide on the Internet and can be accessed at the following case sensitive URL:

Providing JCTE as an electronic journal as well as a paper one means a whole new set of responsibilities for the editor, one of which is making sure that the files are properly formatted in order to be converted to PDF and/or HTML. This also will call for authors paying closer attention to using the proper formatting features of the word processor. Prior to Volume 16, Number 2, the Journal of Career and Technical Education was published as the Journal of Vocational and Technical Education . These issues can be found at the following case sensitive URL:

It would not be possible to publish a refereed journal such as the Journal of Career and Technical Education with a distinguished group of reviewers. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the following colleagues for giving their time and expertise in reviewing the manuscripts for this issue of the journal. If I have omitted anyone as an oversight, please accept my apologies.

Elaine Adams, The University of Georgia

Leonard Albright, Colorado State University

Steve Aragon, University of Illinois

James Bartlett, University of Illinois

Greg Belcher, Pittsburg State University

Debra Bragg, University of Illinois

Ted Branoff, North Carolina State University

Dan Brown, Illinois State University

Wesley Budke, The Ohio State University

Phyllis Bunn, Delta State University

James Burrow, North Carolina State University

William Camp, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Penny Clark, Bowling Green State University

Patricia Coyle-Rogers, Purdue University

John Crunkilton, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Jacquelyn Deeds, Mississippi State University

Jack Elliot, University of Arizona

Cheryl Evanciew, Clemson University

Howard R. D. Gordon, Marshall University

Bradley Greiman, Louisiana State University

Penny Haase-Wittler, SUNY (Oswego)

Helen Hall, The University of Georgia

Betty Heath-Camp, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Tracy Hoover, Penn State University

Dann Hussman, University of Nebraska

Jim Key, Oklahoma State University

Richard Lynch, The University of Georgia

Brenda Martin, University of Arkansas (Pine Bluff )

Larry Miller, The Ohio State University

Marcella Norwood, University of Houston

Donna Redmann, Louisiana State University

George Rogers, Purdue University

Jay Rojewski, The University of Georgia

Sheila Ruhland, University of Minnesota

John Scott, The University of Georgia

Regina Smick-Assitono, University of New Hampshire

Bettye Smith, University of Georgia

Daisy Stewart, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Wanda Stitt-Gohdes, The University of Georgia

Alan Truell, Ball State University

Randol Waters, The University of Tennessee

Keith Waugh, Southern Illinois University

Beth Wilson, North Carolina State University

Chris Zirkle, The Ohio State University


The JCTE includes articles on a variety of topics in career and technical education. This issue provides readers with articles emphasizing results of quantitative and qualitative research.

Gregory Belcher, Robert Frisbee, and Brian Samford share results from a study where they identified differences between the perceptions on the importance of recruitment techniques as identified by students within baccalaureate automotive technology programs and the faculty members who teach in these programs. Readers will learn about specific recruitment practices that should be employed to maintain viable automotive technology programs in the nation.

Billye Foster at the University of Arizona offers results from her study on profiling female agricultural education teachers at the secondary level. Dr. Foster is well known for her interest and research with womens issues related to the agricultural education profession. She presents some very practical recommendation that not only the agricultural education profession, but other areas in career and technical education should consider related to women issues in the field of career and technical education.

Through their study, Donna Redmann, Joe Kotrlik, and Bruce Douglass examine how technology is being integrated in secondary marketing education programs through four distinct and independent phases: exploration, experimentation, adoption, and advanced integration. Recommendations from this study indicate the need for marketing education teachers to integrate technology into their programs.

The article written by Keith Waugh and Michael Judd serves as an initial exploration into the burnout syndrome among training professionals. The discussion section of this article begins to address the probable causes of burnout in the training field. The authors suggest that further research is warranted to full comprehend the problem that exists.

The final article written by Gladys Lopez-Acevedo from the World Bank looks at the reassessment of technical education in Mexico. This is a very interesting article that uses different research methods (propensity scores). I would suggest you read this article carefully and more than one time to fully understand that the author is communicating to the profession. I think the article will enlighten you to what is happening to technical education in a neighboring country.

The Editor
Kirk A. Swortzel
July 2003


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