ERIC Number: ED337643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Comparative Analysis of High School Graduates in Central Pennsylvania from Vocational, Academic and General Curricula for the Years 1982, 1985 and 1988 for Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.
Lucas, Michael A.
A study compared the records of high school graduates in respect to curriculum type and high school education, postsecondary education, and work experience for Lancaster and Lebanon Counties in Pennsylvania. Data were collected through questionnaires mailed to all graduates from the years 1982, 1985, and 1988 and from high school transcripts. The study involved a total population of 15,245, from which 32 percent responded. Some of the results of the survey were as follows: (1) more than 85 percent of the respondents are either working full time or are enrolled in postsecondary education; (2) academic and vocational graduates who are employed receive a weekly salary $20 greater than general curriculum graduates; and (3) most respondents who had attended vocational programs were satisfied with them, although some wanted to see improvements in curriculum. The following recommendations were made: (1) academic and vocational curricula should be more integrated; (2) recruiting for academic and vocational programs should continue; (3) the special needs population must be considered; and (4) general curriculum students should be directed toward vocational or academic programs. (Appendixes include the survey instruments, list of variables, transcript collection, and charts and tables.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Lancaster County Vocational-Technical Schools, PA.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Lancaster County); Pennsylvania (Lebanon County)