ERIC Number: ED223275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Humboldt County Student Vocational Interest Survey.
In 1981, a study was conducted by the College of the Redwoods to assess the vocational interests of high school and junior college students in Humboldt County. Using a cluster sampling approach, questionnaires were administered to 362 students at six county high schools and to 83 College of the Redwoods students. The survey instrument gathered information on students' sex, ethnic group, grade level, employment, future plans, influences on these plans, reasons for not continuing their education, hobbies and extracurricular activities, choice of classes, career interests, personal aptitudes and talents, desired job characteristics, counseling needs, grades, interest in educational and career planning assistance, transportation, and perceived need for basic skills assistance. Selected findings included the following: (1) students' own goals and interests were the primary influences on their plans, followed by parents' opinions; (2) outdoor work was considered most interesting by 18.8% of the students, followed by artistic careers and social service work, which attracted 12% of the respondents each; (3) 25.1% felt that their strongest aptitude was for general learning, while 16.7% felt strongest in manual dexterity; (4) 35.3% felt they needed help in mathematics, while 18.8% wanted help in reading and writing; (5) working with people was cited most frequently as an important job quality; and (6) students felt financial aid assistance was their greatest counseling need. The questionnaire is appended. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA.; California Employment Development Dept., Los Angeles.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Report prepared as part of the Humboldt County Labor Market Information Project and financed under the provisions of Title VII of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973. Additional funds were provided by the Humboldt County Office of Education and State of California CETA Governor's Grant.