ERIC Number: ED228443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes toward School Preparation and Work Barriers of Nontraditional Vocational Education Completers.
Kendall, Elizabeth L.
Nontraditional and traditional secondary vocational education program completers in West Virginia were surveyed to determine their attitudes toward their school preparation, work, and encountered work barriers. A questionnaire was mailed to 100 nontraditional and 100 traditional program completers, and a 10 percent sample was contacted by telephone. Most completers enrolled in their vocational education program because the "program sounded interesting" and they "wanted to try out the field." The large majority liked their vocational experience and would recommend their program to a friend. More traditional than nontraditional completers would choose the same program again. The vocational teachers were influential in the decision to enroll in a vocational education program. The respondents revealed, however, that once enrolled the vocational teacher did not provide as much support as they wanted. Respondents also perceived that their parents supported their vocational choices. The nontraditional completers had the most opposition and the least support for their choices. Since completing their program, twice as many nontraditional completers had not been employed. The majority of completers were unhappy with their salary and advancement potential. Study findings supported prior research that guidance counselors are of little help to vocational students. Completers also perceived differential treatment by vocational teachers. More barriers were reported as existing in the work environment for nontraditional than for traditional completers. (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Attitudes, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Environmental Influences, Females, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, Males, Nontraditional Occupations, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Influence, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: West Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Canada, April 15, 1983).