ERIC Number: ED023921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education for Rural Youth.
Rohde, Norma; Hall, LaFond
To evaluate the effectiveness of a ninth grade vocational guidance course designed in a workshop during the summer of 1967, the course was taught in an experimental situation in the two high schools in Fillmore, Utah, in the spring semester of 1968. The course objective was to help rural students develop in personal and social areas which research and experience have delineated as limiting factors in decision making and adjustment to the world of work. It was hypothesized that students in the defined 1-semester vocational guidance class would make greater gains (1) in their behavior, (2) in accurately perceiving their own attitudes, and (3) in their ability to designate future vocational goals. The results of the study tended to support the stated hypotheses; however, a discrepancy occurred when each student's behavior was rated by two of his teachers. When the students rated themselves, the results favored the experimental group. When the teachers did the rating, the results favored the control group. In neither group was the percentage of increase in positive behavior greater than the percentage of those students who remained the same or who moved in the opposite direction. Observable changes in student behavior were not visible to teachers of other classes. A follow-up study was recommended to help determine the long range effects of the course. (DM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational and Technical Education, Salt Lake City.