ERIC Number: ED255763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Forces and Factors Likely to Influence Vocational Education: Career Plans and Immigration.
Lewis, Morgan; And Others
Two factors likely to have an impact upon vocational education are the career plans of high school seniors and recent immigration into the United States. Analysis of recent literature pertaining to these two issues reveals that the educational reform movement is affecting all secondary education, with 45 States having already increased their requirements for high school graduation and 3 more considering similar action. The number of high school seniors who planned to acquire a bachelor's degree declined in the 1970s. Although undocumented aliens receive most of the attention, it was estimated that at least twice as many documented as undocumented aliens were residing in the United States at the time of the 1980 census. These factors make it imperative that vocational education demonstrate its contribution to the attainment of broad educational goals or risk being squeezed from the secondary curriculum. If fewer high school graduates go on to college and fewer acquire vocational training in high school, it is likely that enrollments in postsecondary vocational programs will increase dramatically in coming years. Major efforts must be directed toward improving the employment preparation of minority teenagers from disadvantaged families. (MN)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Disadvantaged, Educational Demand, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Projections, Futures (of Society), High School Seniors, High Schools, Immigrants, Influences, Job Training, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Trend Analysis, Undocumented Immigrants, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Identifiers: Impact Studies; United States
Note: For a related document, see ED 245 061.