ERIC Number: ED345025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative Analysis of High School Graduates in Berks County from Vocational, Academic and General Curricula for the Years 1983, 1986, and 1990. Final Report.
Runkle, Robert A.; And Others
High school, postsecondary education, and work experience records of graduates from four high school programs of study were compared. The population consisted of all graduates (n=7,890) from academic, general, area vocational-technical school (AVTS), and home school vocational programs (HSVOC) from 16 sending school districts in Berks County, Pennsylvania, for the years 1983, 1986, and 1990. Data regarding high school experiences were obtained by transcript review. The effective response rate to a questionnaire and follow-up approached 90.4 percent. Findings indicated that the percentage of students completing the secondary academic program grew steadily from 45.8 percent in 1983 to 57.8 percent in 1990; students appeared to migrate from the other three programs, with the largest decline coming from the high school vocational program. The total number of secondary credits earned increased. Over 70 percent felt that more information about careers would have been beneficial in choosing their present occupation. The most influential person in their career decision was an "other," followed by father and then mother. Over 84 percent were satisfied with preparation for career and/or higher education. Over 43 percent were working full time. Academic students completed more years of postsecondary education than the group as a whole. Approximately 85 percent working full time reported they received some on-the-job training. Employment for male and female graduates continued to follow traditional sex role stereotypes. (The 18-page report is followed by 45 pages of tables.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Choice, Comparative Analysis, Decision Making, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Experience, Employment Patterns, General Education, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Postsecondary Education, Regional Schools, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Berks Vocational-Technical School, Reading, PA.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Berks County)
Note: Includes an executive summary.