ERIC Number: ED237761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Participation in CVAE and Work Experience on the Basic Employment Skills and Work Attitudes of Disadvantaged High School Youth.
Gibson, G. Ruth
This study was designed to investigate the effect of participation in the first-year Coordinated Vocational Academic Education Program (CVAE) and the effect of participation in work experience on the knowledge of basic employment skills and work attitudes of disadvantaged youth in selected Georgia high schools. The study compared the scores on the six subtests of parts I and II of the Program for Assessing Youth Employment Skills (PAYES) attained by first year CVAE completers with those of new CVAE students. The population for the study consisted of 151 CVAE programs for disadvantaged secondary vocational students operating in Georgia in 1980; data were gathered from 1,122 students from 23 schools. Analysis of the data indicated that disadvantaged students who had completed one year in the CVAE program had significantly higher scores on four of the six PAYES subtests than did new CVAE students. Two subtests on attitudes toward supervision and self-confidence were not significant but showed a positive direction. The findings support the contention that programs such as CVAE and participation in work experience improve attitudes toward work, supervision, and self and increase cognitive knowledge of jobs, job-seeking, and practical reasoning skills as measured by the PAYES. Since scores attained on the PAYES by the CVAE subjects were below suggested competency levels, it was recommended that appropriate activities be incorporated into the CVAE curriculum to increase preemployment and job seeking skills and attitudes. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Anaheim, CA, December 1983).