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ERIC Number: ED013644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr-30
Pages: 49
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Reference Count: 0
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SELECTED CHARACTERISTICS, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, AND LEVELS OF ATTAINMENT OF STUDENTS IN PUBLIC JUNIOR COLLEGE OCCUPATION-CENTERED EDUCATION.
HAKANSON, JOHN W.
A STUDY OF 1,000 STUDENTS WHO ENTERED SIX PUBLIC JUNIOR COLLEGES IN FALL 1959 WAS DESIGNED TO IDENTIFY CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF STUDENTS IN TERMINAL OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAMS. THE EMPHASIS WAS ON SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUND. OF THE 319 STUDENTS WHO SPENT SOME TIME IN OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAMS, (1) MOST ENROLLED IN SUCH PROGRAMS DIRECTLY FOLLOWING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION, RATHER THAN AS A RESULT OF LACK OF SUCCESS IN TRANSFER PROGRAMS, (2) MOST, ESPECIALLY AMONG THE WOMEN, HAD TAKEN OCCUPATIONAL COURSES IN HIGH SCHOOL, (3) 60 PERCENT DID NOT COMPLETE THE PROGRAM, AND (4) MOST ENROLLMENTS AND COMPLETIONS WERE FROM THE MIDDLE SOCIOECONOMIC LEVEL. ALTHOUGH ONLY 14 PERCENT OF THOSE WHO FAILED TO COMPLETE TRANSFER PROGRAMS CHANGED TO OCCUPATIONAL CURRICULA, ALMOST ONE-THIRD OF MALE TERMINAL STUDENTS WITH MIDDLE SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS HAD TRIED A TRANSFER PROGRAM BEFORE ENROLLING IN AN OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAM. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT (1) LOW AND MIDDLE SOCIOECONOMIC GROUPS ARE MORE LIKELY TO COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAMS THAN ARE THOSE OF HIGH STATUS, (2) THE COLLEGES ARE FAILING IN AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION OF HELPING ACADEMIC PROGRAM DROPOUTS TO REASSESS THEIR GOALS RATHER THAN WITHDRAW, (3) THE COLLEGES SHOULD RECRUIT MORE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES DIRECTLY INTO OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAMS, AND (4) STUDENTS MUST BE BROUGHT TO A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR APTITUDES AND LIMITATIONS, AND OF THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE DEGREE TO WHICH THEY COMMIT THEMSELVES TO A CHOSEN COURSE OF STUDY. (WO)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.
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