ERIC Number: ED234196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan-30
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Characteristics Which Most Enable Low Income Heads of Household Women to Complete Technical Training Programs. Final Report.
Nelson, Susan L.
A study analyzed the characteristics that are most responsible for enabling low-income female heads of household to complete technical training programs. The research project was undertaken for the purpose of developing a comprehensive assessment and support system (CASS) to aid women enrolling at one of three target technical programs at San Antonio Technical College in Texas. During the project the following three substudies were conducted: an interview of area employers of San Antonio Technical College graduates; a survey of San Antonio Technical College instructors in data processing, drafting, and electronics; and selection and field testing of the CASS battery. The researchers found that an internal locus of control and a high degree of socialization are necessary but not sufficient characteristics that enable low-income female heads of household to complete technical programs. Included among the many factors that can negatively affect the academic success of these women are financial problems, family responsibilities, lack of time to study, child care problems, and transportation. Therefore, to be effective, a CASS to assist low-income female heads of household should involve the use of several known personal and performance assessments and should include supportive services in the form of financial aid, child care, peer support, internality workshops, general independence workshops, and employability skills development workshops. (MN)
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Dropout Research, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Educational Status Comparison, Employer Attitudes, Evaluation Methods, Females, Field Tests, Heads of Households, Individual Characteristics, Low Income, Low Income Groups, Measurement Techniques, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, School Counseling, Services, Student Evaluation, Systems Approach, Teacher Attitudes, Technical Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Authoring Institution: San Antonio Coll., TX.
Identifiers: Assessment Instruments; Comprehensive Assessment and Support Systems; San Antonio College TX