ERIC Number: ED344291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
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Preliminary Findings from the Study of the Education and Preparation for Work of "General Education" High School Students in California.
Just, Anne E.; And Others
Findings of a study that examined the learning experiences and postsecondary plans of California high school students who were not participating in a college preparatory program are presented in this paper. Methodology involved a survey of 2,600 11th- and 12th-graders who identified themselves as enrolled in either a general or vocational-technical high school program. The students came from a total of 47 comprehensive and continuation high schools and Regional Occupation Centers. The sample was composed of approximately 50 percent White, 33 percent Hispanic, 11 percent Black, and 13 percent other groups. A total of 37 school administrators were also surveyed. Overall, general education students were fairly positive about high school; understood the importance of education for obtaining employment; and had definite postsecondary plans for education, work, and careers. However, current school reform efforts were not reaching general education students, who may have been unprepared for the work force or other postschool options. Boredom was a major complaint. Eight recommendations are included, some of which are to include more work or career preparation information and experiences, applied learning, collaboration, and teamwork; and to provide certification of work-related skills. Five tables are included, and the appendix describes the study methodology. (10 endnotes) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Revision of paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).