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ERIC Number: ED364732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Secondary Vocational Education: Availability, Coursetaking, and Outcomes.
Muraskin, Lana D., Comp.
This volume presents information on secondary vocational education compiled by the recently completed National Assessment of Vocational Education. Chapter 1 provides information about regional, district, and school-level availability of vocational education and the institutions that provide it. It reports the following: availability differs by region, size, and urbanicity of district and among different types of institutions; instructional options are most available in larger districts and in districts located in suburban areas; and students with access to area schools probably have a greater opportunity to enroll in occupationally specific courses. Chapter 2 is an extended exploration of coursetaking patterns in academic and vocational education from the high school classes of 1969-1987. The following trends are noted: a gradual and then steep increase in total credits throughout the period, a decline in academic and an increase in vocational coursetaking in the 1970s, and a resurgence of academic coursetaking in the 1980s accompanied by a slight decline in vocational coursetaking. Chapter 3 examines two sets of outcomes of vocational education--mathematics achievement and early labor market experience. Findings show the following: mathematics enrollments increased dramatically, mathematics skills can be learned outside of traditional mathematics courses, and about 38 percent of all occupationally specific vocational courses were used in skilled jobs 1 month after graduation. Contains 71 tables and 13 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Access to Education, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, Education Work Relationship, Educational Supply, Employment Patterns, High Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Relevance (Education), School Location, Vocational Education, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.