ERIC Number: ED197062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Measuring the Employment and Further Education Effects of Secondary Vocational Education in Minnesota.
Copa, George H.; And Others
A study focused on the use of followup data to analyze the employment and further education effects of vocational education at the secondary level in Minnesota. The data source was the Minnesota Secondary School Follow-Up system and the ninety-eight secondary schools which participated in the system and followed up students from the class of 1978. Findings from the followup data, responsive to a series of ten questions, indicated that (1) 64% of the students were engaged in paid employment and 14% were attending postsecondary vocational schools approximately one year after leaving school; (2) 77% took at least one vocational education course; (3) students who take vocational education courses do differ from those who do not; (4) the most valid definitional procedure for identifying "real" students of vocational education is to describe them in terms of amount and type of vocational education courses taken; (5) about 50% of students who take vocational education courses take less than 200 hours in one area, with only 22% taking more than 400 hours; (6) there are differences among students who take varying amounts of vocational education; (7) there is a difference in number of students taking courses in traditional program areas; (8) there are differences in students who take courses in the various areas; (9) sex of students does cause differences in employment and further education activities; and (10) some effects of secondary vocational education include the indication that more time spent in a particular program influences the decision to enter occupations or further education programs related to the selected vocational program area. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research and Development Center for Vocational Education.