ERIC Number: ED366835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
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Dropout and Completion in Adult Vocational Job Training Programs: A Prediction Model for the Adult Vocational Student.
Shank, Jacqueline A.; McCracken, J. David
A study described the nontraditional adult students attending full-time, occupationally specific vocational training programs in Ohio. It also developed a dropout prediction model of enrolled students using sets of independent variables adapted from the Conceptual Model of Nontraditional Student Attrition and Persistence in Postsecondary Vocational Education Programs (D. R. Johnson 1991). Data were collected by a survey designed to measure independent variables within four constructs: background characteristics, social/psychological integration, environmental mediating factors, and academic/institutional integration. Three mailings produced a 74 percent response rate (n=278). Data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. Stepwise discriminant analysis determined the best predictor of the dependent variable, "dropout" or "completer." Results of the discriminant analysis indicated that eight variables were the most significant in predicting dropout and completion in adult vocational job specific training programs: course/schedule, finances/employment, outside agency support, instructor abilities, physical disability, interpersonal relationships, academic ability/habits, and family responsibilities. The two most discriminating sets of variables between dropouts and completers were environmental mediating factors and academic/institutional integration. Recommendations were made for practice to vocational education professionals and for research. (Contains 13 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (Nashville, TN, December 1993).