ERIC Number: ED211844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Stability in Job Selection Patterns of Post-Secondary Vocational Education Graduates in Minnesota.
Salem, M. Nagi; Copa, George H.
A study was conducted to increase understanding of how postsecondary vocational education programs in Minnesota link to the labor market. The process used was to examine the types of jobs selected by program graduates and the consistency of stability in the job selection patterns among area vocational-technical institutes offering the same programs and across a four-year period. A purposive sample of nine postsecondary vocational education programs was selected to provide broad representation of the various types of programs in Minnesota. Student follow-up data for 7,654 graduates of the selected programs for the school years 1973-74 to 1976-77 was used in the analysis. A description of the types of jobs selected by the graduates of each program was developed. A new statistic, called the repeatability coefficient, was adapted from genetics research to assess the stability in job selection patterns among institutes offering the same programs and across years of the four-year time period. The results indicate that while graduates of a given program select a wide variety of different occupations and industries, a relatively small number of occupation and industry titles were needed to characterize the jobs selected by a majority of each program's graduates. Further, there was considerable variation in the stability of the job selection pattern for program graduates among institutes and time periods. Where the stability was higher, it was recommended that more confidence can be placed in using labor market demand projections for occupations related to these programs as useful information in planning vocational education. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Accounting, Agricultural Machinery Occupations, Career Choice, Carpentry, Child Care Occupations, Education Work Relationship, Electrical Occupations, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Fashion Industry, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Job Training, Labor Supply, Landscaping, Longitudinal Studies, Occupational Surveys, Occupations, Postsecondary Education, Practical Nursing, Technical Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Welding
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research and Development Center for Vocational Education.