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ERIC Number: ED016791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Pages: 151
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Reference Count: 0
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A COMPARISON OF TECHNIQUES FOR THE SOLUTION OF SIMILAR EDUCATIONAL-VOCATIONAL PROBLEMS OF DISADVANTAGED YOUTH IN GREAT BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES.
GIBSON, ROBERT L.; AND OTHERS
THE PURPOSES OF THIS STUDY WERE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE DISADVANTAGED ENGLISH-SPEAKING YOUTH OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE SIMILAR IDENTIFIABLE EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL PROBLEMS AND WHETHER THE SOLUTIONS TO THESE PROBLEMS ARE APPLICABLE IN SIMILARLY DISADVANTAGED CULTURES. ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS, PUPIL PERSONNEL WORKERS, AND RANDOMLY SELECTED FACULTY IN NINE PAIRS OF MATCHED COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE BRITISH ISLES RANKED 22 PROBLEMS ON A CHECKLIST TO SHOW THEIR RELATIVE IMPORTANCE. IN FOLLOWUP INTERVIEWS THE RESPONDENTS DISCUSSED THE MOST FREQUENTLY CHECKED PROBLEMS. PUPILS FAILING TO WORK UP TO OR ACHIEVE NEAR THEIR CAPACITY WAS THE MOST SERIOUS PROBLEM IN BOTH COUNTRIES, BUT OTHERS OF CONCERN WERE THOSE RELATED TO PUPIL LACK OF INTEREST IN THE SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROGRAM, PUPIL HOME ENVIRONMENT, PUPIL BEHAVIOR OUT OF SCHOOL, AND LACK OF PARENTAL COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING. EDUCATORS OF THE TWO COUNTRIES DIFFERED TO A CONSIDERABLE DEGREE IN THEIR CONCERN OVER PROBLEMS RELATED TO SCHOOL DROPOUTS, PUPIL FAILURE TO ACQUIRE BASIC READING, WRITING, AND REASONING SKILLS, LACK OF INTEREST IN THE SCHOOL ACTIVITY PROGRAM, AND LACK OF POST-HIGH SCHOOL VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. THE UNITED STATES EDUCATORS SAW SOME APPLICATION POTENTIAL IN ALL OF 14 SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS, AND THE BRITISH IN 10. THE SOLUTIONS CONCERNED--(1) SPECIAL CLASSES FOR POORLY MOTIVATED STUDENTS WITH ABILITY, (2) SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP, CONTINUOUS PROCESS, JUNIOR HIGH READINESS, CULTURAL EXPERIENCE, YEAR-ROUND VOCATIONAL, CULTURALLY ENRICHED, SUMMER MOTIVATION, WORK STUDY, SLOW LEARNER, AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, (3) SOCIOMETRIC PLACEMENT, AND (4) GROUP COUNSELING. IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT THERE ARE PROBLEMS OF COMMON CONCERN TO BOTH COUNTRIES, AND SOLUTIONS FOUND IN ONE COUNTRY MAY BE APPLICABLE TO OTHER DISADVANTAGED CULTURES. IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT A LARGE-SCALE INTERNATIONAL STUDY OF COMMON EDUCATIONAL-VOCATIONAL PROBLEMS AND RELATED SOLUTIONS BE UNDERTAKEN. THE RANKING, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, CHECKLISTS, AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY ARE INCLUDED. (EM)
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ. Foundation, Bloomington.
Identifiers: ENGLAND; IRELAND; Wales (South)