ERIC Number: ED056191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
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The Evaluation of a Vocational Program for Dropout-Prone Junior High School Students.
Almen, Roy E.
The Work Opportunity Center (WOC) is a vocational facility in a non-school setting with programs designed to meet the special needs of disadvantaged, inner city youth. This experimental program originally served 200 junior high youth who attended a half-day program of vocational and related training at the WOC. Emphasis throughout the program was placed on small classes, individualized instruction, and the development of positive work, school, and self attitudes. In order to evaluate the WOC, in comparison to the regular school program, an experimental study was designed. The experiment relied on home-school records and on pretest/posttest measures using the: (1) Vocational Development Inventory, Attitude Scale, (2) Self-Esteem Inventory, and (3) School Attitude Inventory. Based on the analysis of data, it was concluded that the WOC program was more effective in developing vocational maturity, increasing general self-esteem, increasing school self-esteem, and producing positive posttreatment school attitudes. A major recommendation is that career exploration learning laboratories with highly developed prevocational programs be made accessible to more students. (Author/JS)
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Disadvantaged Youth, Doctoral Dissertations, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Educational Innovation, Individualized Instruction, Inner City, Junior High School Students, Potential Dropouts, Program Evaluation, Social Attitudes, Time Blocks, Vocational Education, Vocational Training Centers, Work Attitudes
University Microfilms, Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48106 (Order No. 72-5506, MF $4.00; Xerography $10.00)
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Sponsor: Minnesota Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Minneapolis.
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Minnesota University