ERIC Number: ED171970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Work Experience Programs. Final Report.
Karnes, M. Ray
A study was conducted in six south central Mississippi counties (1) to determine the incidence of part-time employment of in-school youth by age, grade, sex, and race; (2) to determine types of part-time jobs held by youths while in public school and their available work experience alternatives; (3) to obtain employed youth and their parents' reactions toward youth work in relation to school and future career plans; and (4) to ascertain barriers to part-time youth employment as preceived by youth, parents, and employers. Through questionnaires and interviews data was obtained from 100 cooperative vocational program students, their parents and employers; and 100 students not in the cooperative program, their parents and employers. Major findings were: youth aged 14 and 15 accounted for 30.9% of those employed between ages 14 and 19; except in the cooperative program employed males outnumbered females two to one; black males held a proportionate job share, but black females did not. Chain stores and restaurants provided one-third of youth jobs. Youth, their employers, and parents viewed the minimum wage requirement as a major youth employment barrier. Cooperative students, their parents and employers were much more favorably disposed toward work than were their counterparts. The cooperative model was recommended for study by those interested in enhancing work and school experiences of employed youth. (Author/CSS)
Descriptors: Blacks, Career Development, Cooperative Programs, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Employment, Females, Financial Problems, Labor Force Nonparticipants, Males, Minimum Wage, Nontraditional Education, Parent Attitudes, Part Time Employment, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Unemployment, Vocational Education, Whites, Work Attitudes, Work Experience Programs, Youth Employment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A