ERIC Number: ED228390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Cost Effectiveness of Cooperative Vocational Education for Capstone and Diversified Occupations. Final Report.
Welch, Frederick G.
A study was conducted to develop baseline information about the cost effectiveness of cooperative vocational education to be used in teacher education programs in Pennsylvania. Information gathered included data on cost effectiveness, types of occupations for which students were prepared, the effect of school dropout and youth employment on local labor markets, the public relations effect of cooperative programs, the personality effect on cooperative education students, and the effect on career decision making. Information was gathered from employers, guidance counselors, parents, students, local employment offices, and unit superintendents about six county-wide programs in the state (Clearfield, Erie, Fulton, Lehigh, Schuylkill, and York). Analysis of findings from these data resulted in the following conclusions, among others: (1) cooperative vocational education is very cost effective from the point of view of employers, guidance counselors, parents, students, and school administrators; (2) cooperative education has a positive effect on youth unemployment and school dropouts; (3) state employment offices see cooperative education students taking jobs that could go to older workers; (4) cooperative education programs tend to discriminate by sex; and (5) cooperative education tends to reduce the need for teachers. Recommendations were made for expanding cooperative education to more females, increasing training of teachers involved in the programs, offering more career exploration programs earlier, expanding public relations consciousness, and making more efforts to keep vocational education in tune with changing technologies. (KC)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Capstone Experiences, Career Guidance, Cooperative Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Dropouts, Educational Benefits, Employer Attitudes, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Parent Attitudes, Personality Change, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Public Relations, Secondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Div. of Occupational and Vocational Studies.