ERIC Number: ED021979
Record Type: RIE
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The Rehabilitation of School Dropouts in Oklahoma City: An Experimental Appraisal. Final Report.
Hornbostel, Victor O.; And Others
The primary research objectives of the 44-month project were to determine the extent to which members of experimental and control groups would differ, after training in academic achievement, vocational achievement, personal-social characteristics, and job placement and job success. The subjects were unemployed or underemployed school dropouts, between the ages of 17 and 22, who had been out of school for at least 1 year. Comparisons were made among the groups: 118 subjects who received a combination of vocational and academic training, 115 subjects who received only vocational training, 59 subjects who received only academic training, and 46 subjects who received little or no training (control group). A pre-test/post-test control group design and extensive use of analysis of covariance procedures were basic to the study. Findings included: (1) During the first year covered by the followup period, the academic-vocational and the vocational groups exceeded the control group in proportions entering the labor market, in average number of weeks of employment, and in average annual earnings, and (2) By the end of second year of followup, however, there were fewer significant differences on each of these variables. The research paradigm, the educational program, a description of instrumentation and analysis, and a summary of related doctoral dissertations are included. (PS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Dropout Programs, Dropouts, Employment Experience, Experimental Groups, Experimental Programs, Income, Job Placement, Social Adjustment, Student Characteristics, Tenure, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater. Research Foundation.