ERIC Number: ED242931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Skills and Attributes of the Disadvantaged Student: A Study. Final Report.
Webber, Kenneth G.
The purposes of this study were (1) to develop a profile of the disadvantaged student and (2) to arrive at an estimate of how many vocational students in New Hampshire may be eligible for services under the Vocational Education Amendments of 1976. Two different populations participated in the study. The first group was composed of 49 subjects of which 24 were disadvantaged. The second group was composed of 54 subjects of which 17 were documented disadvantaged. A variety of items relating to social behavior was considered for the study. However, the list was reduced to teacher-rated performance, student self-rating, age, sex, attendance, class standing, program completion, and teacher-rated maturity. The study found that most all vocational students are disadvantaged, in that no distinguishing characteristics separate vocational students from disadvantaged students. A typical vocational student may be male or female, 17 years old, and in the lower 25 percentiles in class standing. They tend to be average in performance and exhibit a level of maturity that can be classified as average. However, they are surprisingly more internal than external regarding locus of control. They are absent several times a year, and two of five enrolled will complete their programs. It was suggested that improved program placement should be a major concern for vocational educators. In addition, further study may provide evidence that initial program placement is acceptable but that academic responsibilities override the commitment to vocational education. Further study was suggested. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Hampshire State Dept. of Education, Concord. Vocational-Technical Education Div.
Authoring Institution: Portsmouth Public Schools, NH.
Identifiers: New Hampshire; Vocational Education Amendments 1976