ERIC Number: ED329748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Analysis of Academic, General, and Vocational Education Graduates in Rural Northwest Pennsylvania.
Garrity, Robert P.
A study compared graduates from three high school curricula--academic, general, and vocational--to determine if there were any advantages for the respective graduates in the labor market. Surveys mailed to a sample of 1,266 graduates received 623 usable responses. Three research questions were asked that dealt with secondary educational experience, postsecondary educational experience, and selected labor market outcomes. Literature was reviewed about high school experiences and outcomes after graduation. The usual comparison was vocational and nonvocational curricular groups. Aspects of labor market outcomes that were examined included total employment, earnings, job stability, and job satisfaction. The study found that: (1) significant differences in secondary educational experiences with academic graduates having the highest grade point averages followed by the vocational and general graduates; (2) significant differences in the number of credits in science, mathematics, and vocational education courses; (3) associations, low through high, between curricula and postsecondary educational experiences, with over 60 percent of all graduates going to some type of postsecondary education; (4) higher earnings and more hours worked for vocational graduates; (5) no significant differences in total number of jobs since graduation or job satisfaction; and (6) very little mobility, with over 84 percent not moving or moving within the county. Replication and extension of the research were recommended. (48 references; 15 data tables) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Educational Experience, Employment Patterns, General Education, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Job Satisfaction, Occupational Mobility, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Rural Areas, Salaries, Surveys, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Venango County Area Vocational-Technical School, Oil City, PA.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Northwest)