ERIC Number: ED195717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Research on Disadvantaged Students and Graduates.
Harrison, George F.
A study compared the academic achievement and job market success of academically and/or economically disadvantaged and nondisadvantaged vocational education students. Data from student records and transcripts and employer follow-ups were collected on 2,191 students enrolled in vocational majors in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Students were classified into four categories (economically disadvantaged, academically disadvantaged, economically and academically disadvantaged, and nondisadvantaged). They were compared with respect to twenty-three variables. (One measured success in a vocational major; fourteen measured initial job market success; and eight measured long-term employment success.) No significant differences were found between academically disadvantaged and nondisadvantaged students. Differences between economically disadvantaged and nondisadvantaged students were found for seven variables: economically disadvantaged students had higher drop-out rates and were rated less highly both soon after and a year or more after employment. Their initial salaries were higher, but this difference was no longer evident after a year. Participation in a preparatory program obliterated most significant differences between those classified as economically and academically disadvantaged and those classified only as economically disadvantaged. Further research on the causes of these differences and on possible changes in student testing and placement is recommended. (A list of variables and employer follow-up responses are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employer Attitudes, Followup Studies, Graduates, High Schools, Job Performance, Job Placement, Outcomes of Education, Salaries, Student Attrition, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Albuquerque Technical Vocational Inst., NM.
Identifiers: New Mexico (Albuquerque)