ERIC Number: ED328742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Students' and Parents' Perceptions about Working Part-Time during the School Year in Tennessee Public High Schools.
McNelly, Don E.; And Others
A study was conducted to secure baseline data on Tennessee public high school students working during the school year, to ascertain and compare the students' and parents' opinions on a 31-item questionnaire, and to project the earnings and sales tax contributions of the students. A predetermined sample size was established in order to infer the study's results for the entire state. The Tennessee Secondary Students' Employment Survey resulted in usable responses from a total of 1,980 students (54%) and 1,056 parents (31%). Some of the findings of the study were as follows: (1) in general, both parents and students had positive attitudes about students' part-time employment; (2) both parents and students felt that student employment helped students to manage their money and time, make realistic career decisions, and learn what employers want; (3) most parents thought that student employment should be limited to 20 hours or fewer during the school year, but students did not; (4) students did not think working more hours would hurt their grades, but parents thought more than 20 hours per week would have a negative effect on students' grades; (5) students who worked in cooperative education had more positive attitudes and earned more money than those who did not; (6) significant differences were found between students' and parents' attitudes for coop and non-coop students and for rural and urban students; and (7) working students contributed more than 14 million dollars in state and local taxes in Tennessee. (Report includes 29 tables, 49 references, the survey form, and a summary of item responses.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee State Dept. of Education, Nashville. Div. of Vocational-Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Dept. of Technological and Adult Education.