ERIC Number: ED248409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-26
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Nontraditional and Traditional Vocational Completers toward Career Guidance.
Kendall, Elizabeth L.
A study analyzed the attitudes of a random sample of completers of nontraditional and traditional vocational programs toward the school and career counseling that they received while enrolled in a vocational education program in West Virginia in 1980. The survey instrument, which was completed by 36 of the 100 nontraditional program completers originally contacted and by 42 of the 100 traditional completers asked to complete the survey, dealt with the students' reasons for enrolling in a vocational program, their satisfaction with the program, and the support that they received for their enrollment decision from influential individuals. In general, many students did not feel that they could turn to their vocational teachers for support. Many felt that their counselors were of little or no help to them. It appeared that the traditional completers received more help in securing educational or job placement and more support for their career choice than did the nontraditional respondents. When data were broken down by sex, 70 percent of the nontraditional male completers felt that their employer had received information about them from their teachers; however, only 29 percent of the nontraditional females felt the same way. (Six tables of data are appended to this report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Comparative Analysis, Counseling Effectiveness, Counselor Attitudes, Counselor Role, Enrollment Influences, High School Students, Job Placement, Nondiscriminatory Education, Nontraditional Occupations, Participant Satisfaction, Peer Acceptance, Peer Influence, School Counselors, Sex Fairness, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Tables (Data), Teacher Influence, Teacher Role, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Program Completers; West Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).