ERIC Number: ED040294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
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High School Dropouts and Vocational Education in Wisconsin.
Preparation for employment and improved economic status are the primary objectives of vocational education for high school dropouts. To accomplish these objectives, greater knowledge is needed concerning the participation, characteristics, and motivation of those dropouts who participate in vocational education. Of an estimated 14,258 Wisconsin male dropouts for 1966-67, this study identified only 600 dropouts or 4 percent who were enrolled in vocational education programs. A sample of 286 completed a forced-choice questionnaire to determine demographic characteristics (age, race, marital status, socioeconomic class), geographic mobility patterns, educational attainment, work experience, attitudes about vocational education, and achievement motivation. The sample represented private voluntary vocational schools, public compulsory vocational plus basic schools, and public voluntary total education schools. The best explanation for the low percentage of enrollment is that not all available vocational programs are accessible to high school dropouts. Too often prohibitive educational or test requirements and tuition discourage dropout participation. (CH)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center for Studies in Vocational and Technical Education.