ERIC Number: ED237601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Job Adjustment of Disadvantaged Youth: A Study of Concurrent Validation.
Mitra, Sudhansu B.
How educational experiences and programs sponsored by the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) could better prepare inner-city youth, particularly black, disadvantaged youth, to perform successfully in a number of jobs or occupations was the subject of this study. The Harbor City Learning program, a partially CETA-funded project in Baltimore, Maryland, provided a comprehensive educational program on a year-round basis: part-time work experience and training in the public sector for those in traditional in-school programs; and an alternative curriculum mixed with paid job experiences for school dropouts. Graduates from the in-school group who were employed for six months or more were compared with subjects from the alternative program who met employment requirements. Findings suggested that the alternative program served a useful purpose, inasmuch as its vocationally oriented training curriculum helped the participants bring their aptitude measures up to the level of those who had graduated from the regular school. This achievement was particularly noteworthy, since the alternative program subjects came from inferior home environments and had inferior school backgrounds. The study further indicated that the subjects from relatively better home conditions experienced more job satisfaction than subjects from more deprived homes because of lesser needs. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act; Harbor City Learning Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).