ERIC Number: ED037647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Down the Up Staircase: A Study of New Careers Dropouts.
Larson, Patricia; And Others
Using a sample of 105 persons who had left the Minneapolis New Careers Program (combined work and higher education), this study sought to predict who drops out of this type of program and to make recommendations for recruitment procedures. The Self-Concept Questionnaire and an inventory of work interests or needs were administered, but failed to show significant ability to predict who should or should not be recruited. A mobility scale was also administered. Younger men (in their twenties), separated or divorced persons, and nonwhites were more likely than their counterparts to drop out. Dropouts also tended to have fewer children, to be high school graduates, and to have been employed in unskilled jobs or unemployed before joining the program. Illness, family or legal problems, unmet needs in the work or educational situation, and problems of recruitment and placement were among the chief reasons expressed for dropping out. (The document includes 12 tables and an evaluation of the New Careers participants as students.) (LY)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Dropouts, Age Differences, Dropout Characteristics, Educational Background, Family Status, Females, Human Services, Investigations, Labor Force Development, Males, Marital Status, Paraprofessional Personnel, Participation, Race, Recruitment, Self Concept, Socioeconomic Status, Work Experience
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. General Coll.
Identifiers: New Careers Programs