ERIC Number: ED239102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Recruitment Barriers to Vocational Education Programs as Perceived by Students, Teachers, Counselors and Administrators.
Scanlon, Dennis C.; And Others
A study identified barriers to successful recruitment and retention of out-of-school youth in vocational education. Personal interviews with directors of the 10 area vocational schools participating in the study provided data on the degree of utilization and success of 35 recruiting practices. The recruiting practice perceived as most successful was "encouraging high school students to take courses while completing graduation requirements"; the practice utilized most frequently was "construction of display booths." A telephone survey instrument gathered data on student perception of program barriers. Ten barriers were cited 42 percent of the time as the major reasons for leaving the vocational program. Two were institutional, six situational, and two dispositional. The most frequently cited institutional barrier was "need for more guidance"; the most frequently cited dispositional barrier was "postponed plans temporarily"; the most frequently cited situational barrier was "need for financial aid." A mailed questionnaire generated data from administrators, teachers, and counselors on perceived barriers to program completion. The program barriers they perceived as having the greatest impact were student financial needs, student ability and willingness to attend classes regularly, and lack of student self-motivation. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Anaheim, CA, December 1983). For related documents, see ED 218 471 and ED 230 767.