ERIC Number: ED031582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul-30
Reference Count: 0
The Implications of Vocational Development on High School Level Vocational-Technical Education. Final Report.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Instruction, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Continuing Education.; Vocational-Technical School of Eastern Northampton County, Easton, PA.
The study addresses the problems of: (1) how vocational-technical students arrive at their curricular and vocational choices, (2) how the vocational-technical experience that is offered in a vocational-technical school influences various aspects of the students vocational development, and (3) the curricular implications of these findings. A series of exploratory studies, using student interviews, questionnaires, and Crites' Vocational Development Inventory (1965) which was administered to a total of 1,285 eighth grade boys and girls and 1,294 ninth grade boys and girls, indicated that the vocational readiness of vocational-technical students was questionable. The study then conducted a series of investigations with high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors and focused on choice-related attitudinal changes, work values, changes in vocational preference, achievement, and the relative effectiveness of the General Aptitude Test Battery at the ninth grade level. Proposed curricular revisions recommended broad exploratory opportunities in junior high school, narrowed exploration in the first year cluster program and specialized preparation during remaining high school and post-high school years. (CH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Guidance, Decision Making, Educational Programs, Environmental Influences, Grade 9, High School Students, Occupational Tests, Program Improvement, Readiness, Secondary School Curriculum, Student Characteristics, Student Interests, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Instruction, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Continuing Education.; Vocational-Technical School of Eastern Northampton County, Easton, PA.