ERIC Number: ED050226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Two Methods of Preparing Youth for Employment: Cooperative Occupational Education Versus The Preparatory Vocational-Technical School.
Sanders, Lester E.
To analyze and compare the cooperative occupational education and vocational-technical school programs and graduates in the Springfield, Missouri, public schools, information forms were sent to: (1) 268 graduates of the cooperative occupational education programs and 417 graduates of the vocational-technical school for the years 1961-1965, (2) their parents, and (3) present and past employers. Some conclusions were: (1) Vocational-technical programs seemed to have greater impact in maintaining student interest and improving attitudes towards school, (2) Cooperative education graduates emphasized the development of desirable personal-social characteristics and vocational-technical graduates emphasized job skills and related knowledge, (3) Transition from school to full-time employment is made more quickly and easily through cooperative education programs, (4) A majority of vocational-technical graduates took advantage of unsupervised work experience programs while in high school, (5) After a period of adjustment, the vocational-technical graduates tended to return to the occupation for which they were trained in greater numbers, and (6) Cooperative education graduates tended to demonstrate more desirable personality traits, work habits, and a higher degree of occupational competency. (DM)
Descriptors: Cooperative Education, Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum Evaluation, Doctoral Dissertations, Employer Attitudes, Extracurricular Activities, Followup Studies, Job Placement, Job Skills, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Trade and Industrial Education, Wages, Work Experience
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri State Dept. of Education, Jefferson City.; Missouri Univ., Columbia. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Missouri; Missouri (Springfield)
Note: Summary of Ed.D. dissertation, Missouri Univ., 1967