ERIC Number: ED234177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Prototype Occupational Choice Model for Disadvantaged Youth in Rural Schools. Final Report.
Prairie View A and M Univ., TX.
This study was conducted to develop, implement, prototype test, and disseminate a model guidance training program that can be used to prevent the high rate of student dropouts in rural Texas schools. Two school districts, New Caney and Waller, served as demonstration sites for prototype testing. The program was designed by a team of representatives from the Prairie View A & M University counseling staff, Teacher Center, and Community Affairs Centers, and community and school personnel from the districts. The research was conducted in three phases: (1) the establishment of a model training/implementation component; (2) the establishment of an administrative team; and (3) the development and implementation of an inservice training dropout prevention model. (The dropout prevention model, which consists of a slide-tape presentation along with a written narrative and other printed materials, is contained in the appendix to this document. Also contained in the appendix are the interview schedule, a citizen's guide to dropout prevention, and tips for planning and implementing a dropout prevention program.) Some of the findings of the survey follow: (1) dropouts liked best the student activities and disliked most the classes; (2) the major reason students dropped out of school was a need to work, followed by a lack of interest in school; (3) the dropouts knew of the vocational programs in their schools, but few enrolled in them; (4) most of those employed wanted new jobs; (5) most of the dropouts would stay in school if they were making the decision again. The project staff recommended that the dropout prevention information be disseminated and used in dropout prevention efforts throughout the state. (KC)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Career Choice, Career Guidance, Citizen Role, Demonstration Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Dropouts, High Schools, Models, Occupational Information, Program Development, Program Implementation, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Population, Rural Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Community; Practitioners
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Prairie View A and M Univ., TX.