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ERIC Number: ED015231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Apr-20
Pages: 217
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JOB PERFORMANCE OF YOUNG WORKERS IN RELATION TO SCHOOL BACKGROUND, A PILOT APPROACH TOWARD USING THE JOB ENVIRONMENT IN EVALUATING BOTH GENERAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION.
BERGSTROM, HOWARD E.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO EXPLORE WAYS OF USING THE WORK ENVIRONMENT TO APPRAISE THE EFFECTS OF PREEMPLOYMENT EDUCATION -- BOTH GENERAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION -- ON SUBSEQUENT JOB SUCCESS. DATA WERE COLLECTED FROM AUGUST 1964 TO MAY 1965, AND CAME FROM THREE PRIMARY SOURCES -- (1) TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS WITH 150 BOYS WHO GRADUATED FROM THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HIGH SCHOOLS IN 1963 BUT HAD OBTAINED FULL-TIME WORK INSTEAD OF CONTINUING THEIR FORMAL EDUCATION, (2) THEIR OFFICIAL SCHOOL RECORDS (CLASS RANK, GRADES IN ENGLISH AND VOCATIONALLY-ORIENTED SUBJECTS, ATTENDANCE RECORDS, AND SCORES IN INTELLIGENCE AND THE DIFFERENTIAL APTITUDE TEST), AND (3) THE EMPLOYERS OF THE 150 BOYS WHO WERE INTERVIEWED BY THE INVESTIGATOR AT 123 PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT. EACH EMPLOYER DEFINED THE JOB AS BEING ON ONE OF FOUR LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY, AND INDICATED THE ORDER OF IMPORTANCE OF THREE CLUSTERS OF CHARACTERISTICS -- (1) COMMUNICATION COMPETENCY (VALUED MOST IN 42 CASES), (2) PERSONAL ADEQUACY (VALUED MOST IN 91 CASES), AND (3) SKILLS UNIQUE TO THE JOB (VALUED MOST IN 17 CASES). BOYS FROM ALL THREE SCHOOLS WERE EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL IN OBTAINING JOBS RELATED TO THEIR TRAINING. ALTHOUGH NO SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIP EXISTED BETWEEN CLASS RANK IN SCHOOL AND RANK ON THE JOB, THE POOREST FOURTH OF GRADUATES HAD SIGNIFICANTLY POORER EVALUATIONS ON EVERY MEASURE OF JOB SUCCESS. (SL)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Research and Development Council of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
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