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ERIC Number: ED016799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Pages: 61
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Reference Count: 0
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OCCUPATIONAL PROBLEMS AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING NEEDS OF HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUTS FROM RURAL AREAS IN IOWA.
BUNTROCK, KERMIT; HOWE, TREVOR G.
OF 224 DROPOUTS IDENTIFIED FROM PREVIOUS STUDIES OF 13,000 STUDENTS IN 109 HIGH SCHOOLS IN 16 IOWA COUNTIES, 102 STILL IN THE STATE WERE PERSONALLY INTERVIEWED TO IDENTIFY OCCUPATIONAL PROBLEMS AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING NEEDS FOR THE 10-YEAR PERIOD FOLLOWING WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL. NEARLY ALL OF THE DROPOUTS WERE MARRIED AND HAD CHILDREN, WERE FROM LARGE FAMILIES AND HAD BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO HAD ALSO DROPPED OUT, AND A RELATIVELY HIGH PERCENTAGE WERE FROM RURAL COMMUNITIES. MALES GAVE LOSS OF INTEREST OR DISLIKE OF SCHOOL AND COURSES, AND FEMALES GAVE MARRIAGE OR PREGNANCY AS MAJOR REASONS FOR LEAVING SCHOOL. MALES ATTRIBUTED THEIR YEAR OF UNEMPLOYMENT SINCE LEAVING SCHOOL TO ADJUSTMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT DIFFICULTIES. THE MEDIAN INCOME HAD RISEN FROM $59 PER WEEK FOR THEIR FIRST JOB TO $109 FOR THEIR CURRENT JOB. NEARLY ALL CLAIMED TO BE SATISFIED WITH PRESENT JOBS. OVER ONE-HALF OF BOTH MALES AND FEMALES INDICATED INTEREST IN FURTHER JOB TRAINING, AND 24 HAD ALREADY RECEIVED SOME SINCE HIGH SCHOOL. MALES WERE INTERESTED IN SKILLED CRAFT AREAS AND THE SPECIFIC AREAS OF MECHANICS, AGRICULTURE, DRAFTING, ELECTRONICS, AND WELDING. FEMALES DESIRED TRAINING IN SECRETARIAL AREAS, COSMETOLOGY, MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, AND NURSING. DROPOUTS' SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING THE SCHOOLS INCLUDED CURRICULUM EXPANSION TO INCLUDE VARIOUS TYPES OF VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL EDUCATION, SPECIAL TEACHERS, CLASSES FOR SLOW LEARNERS, MORE INDIVIDUAL HELP, AND BETTER COUNSELING. TABLES OF DATA AND THE INTERVIEW SCHEDULE ARE INCLUDED. THIS REPORT APPEARS IN "APPENDIX OF FINAL RESEARCH REPORTS FOR PROJECT IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, NON-METROPOLITAN AREAS (ED 011 069) WHICH SUPPLEMENTS VT 001 546. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames.
Identifiers: IOWA