ERIC Number: ED167835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-12
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Initial Postsecondary School Work and Education Plans and Activities.
Bernstein, Tina E.
The study focused on individual high school seniors and their high school programs; school, work, and life values; educational and occupational goals; and decision-making criteria for postsecondary plans. The project, based on the 1972 National Longitudinal Study, had three components: field testing, the base year survey, and follow-up survey. Following field tests, the base year survey of 60,000 New Jersey high school seniors revealed that a slight majority were planning college careers; working full-time was the next most popular plan; attending business, trade, or vocational school was the third most popular plan. A student profile focussed on personal characteristics and planning techniques used in decision making during the year after high school. A year after the first survey, follow-up on 15% of the base year group found that although college attendance remained most popular, more respondents were working than had been projected with a commensurate decrease in full-time business, trade, or vocational school enrollment. Discriminant analysis successfully classified 78% of full-time workers and 95% of college attendees. The procedure was unable to classify those in business, trade, or vocational schools. No significant differences were found between response patterns of working groups and business, trade, or vocational school groups. (CSS)
Descriptors: Business Education, Career Planning, College Attendance, Decision Making, Discriminant Analysis, Educational Planning, Employment, High School Seniors, High School Students, Objectives, Postsecondary Education, Predictive Measurement, Program Content, Research, Secondary Education, Surveys, Trade and Industrial Education, Values, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)