ERIC Number: ED220595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Labor Force Behavior of Sex Nontraditional Vocational Students: A Follow-up Assessment of Training for Nontraditional Occupations. Final Report.
Smith, Paula A.
A comparative followup technique was used to assess sex nontraditional vocational training efforts in Oklahoma during the 1978-79 and 1979-80 school years. The dropout behavior, labor force participation, unemployment, training related employment, and wages of sex nontraditional and sex traditional students were compared. Training and labor outcomes for nontraditional students were compared first with those outcomes for traditional students of the same sex and second with those for traditional students of the opposite sex. Findings indicated that females who pursued male traditional vocational training were not achieving the level of labor market success of traditional students. Females in traditional male occupations earned significantly lower wages than males in those occupations, but they earned significantly higher wages than females in traditional occupations. Males in traditional female occupations earned significantly higher wages than females in those occupations, but they earned significantly lower wages than males in traditional occupations. The lower labor force participation rate and smaller ratio of work related to employment seemed to make aggressive recruitment of females for male traditional training ill-advised. Lack of an economic motive for encouraging male employment in traditional female occupations also made recruiting nontraditional males questionable. (Forty tables are included.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Advisory Council for Vocational-Technical Education, Oklahoma City.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater.