ERIC Number: ED364750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-4
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An Investigation of Opinions toward Educational Outcomes.
Wichowski, Chester P.; Walker, Thomas J.
A study explored learning outcomes for secondary students in Pennsylvania. Data were collected in two stages: through a survey of the opinions of 1,089 educators in eastern Pennsylvania (51% response) and through a random sample of 3,364 member of the business and industrial community in the area (22.3% response). The survey resulted in the production of 11 tables comparing the educational outcomes emphasized by the educators and the business and industry leaders. Some of the outcomes rated highly by both educators and business people included the following: (1) ability to be dependable on the job; (2) ability to follow directions; (3) positive work attitude; (4) ability to be on time; (5) effective communications; (6) positive attitude toward learning; (7) desire to work hard; (8) proficiency in applying reading skills; (9) teamwork; and (10) positive attitude toward co-workers. Recommendations were made to conduct a review of vocational education programs to determine if the outcomes ranked highly are currently in place, and to consider the rank order of outcomes to identify areas of emphasis for the schools' curricula. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Nashville, TN, December 4, 1993). For the report on which this paper is based, see ED 363 801.