ERIC Number: ED031597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Work-Bound and College-Bound Youth: A Study in Stereotypes. Final Report.
Purnell, Richard F.; Lesser, Gerald S.
Stereotypes about work-bound youth in vocational and comprehensive high schools were examined, using the students' own perceptions of on-going experiences in these two types of schools. Essentially two related stereotypes account for the wide-spread misconception about vocational and comprehensive high schools: (1) Vocational schools are seen as a "dumping ground" for lazy students and slow learners, and (2) Comprehensive high school education is seen as superior to vocational high school education for work-bound youth. Data were collected by self-administered questionnaires from 3,060 students (1,981 boys; 1,079 girls) attending six vocational high schools in as many states and from 1,827 students (890 boys; 937 girls) attending three comprehensive high schools in New England states. Also data were collected from 2,331 Danish vocational students in 14 schools in order to make comparisons with American vocational students. The findings of the study do not support the "dumping-ground" stereotype for this sample of specialized vocational high school students. Also, the findings suggest that American specialized vocational high school students fare as well in their views of themselves and of the education they are receiving as Danish vocational students who live in a country where vocational education is not considered degrading. (CH)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Comparative Analysis, Educational Attitudes, Educational Environment, Educational Sociology, Educational Status Comparison, Foreign Students, High Schools, National Surveys, Noncollege Bound Students, Parent Attitudes, Questionnaires, Self Concept, Stereotypes, Student Attitudes, Values, Vocational Education, Vocational High Schools
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Comprehensive and Vocational Education Research.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Lab. of Human Development.