ERIC Number: ED337578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-20
Reference Count: N/A
Influences on Students Selecting Cooperative Education Programs in Michigan High Schools. Final Report.
Woloszyk, Carl A.
Factors influencing the decision of high school students to enroll in cooperative education programs were investigated in a survey. The stratified random sample consisted of 275 high school students currently enrolled in cooperative education programs in five different types of communities throughout Michigan. The survey questionnaire included 8 demographic questions and 35 items dealing with reasons for enrolling in cooperative education. Students indicated their agreement or disagreement with selected people as influences, promotional strategies, and educational and personal reasons for enrolling in a cooperative education program. A chi-square test for independence identified the degree to which type of community, race, and sex affected student enrollment decisions. The most important people who influenced the students' decisions to enroll in cooperative education were, in order of importance, friends, co-op coordinator, and parent(s)/guardian(s). The single most important promotional strategy was a meeting with the co-op coordinator. Educational goals and personal reasons were clearly identified as the predominant influencing factors for students selecting cooperative education programs. The following appendixes amount to over 90 percent of the report: (1) the survey instrument; (2) analysis of educational and personal influences by community and type of influence; (3) analysis of nonwhite and white students by type of influence; and (4) analysis of male and female students by type of influence. (YLB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Education, Decision Making, Enrollment Influences, Family Influence, Goal Orientation, High Schools, Instructor Coordinators, Parent Influence, Public Relations, Publicity, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, State Surveys, Student Educational Objectives, Student Interests, Teacher Influence
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Sponsor: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo, Coll. of Education.
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