ERIC Number: ED023849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A National School Counselor Evaluation of Occupational Information. Vocational Technical Report.
Perrone, Philip A.; Gross, Lola
To secure data on the availability and utilization of occupational information, questionnaires were sent to all public high schools on a 1962 listing supplied by the Office of Education and to a random sample of schools later discovered not to have been included in the list. Personnel in 4,436 schools responded, including 3,983 building principals, 3,090 librarians, 2,733 trade and industrial teachers, 621 distributive education teachers, 1,182 commercial teachers, and 3,582 school counselors. It was found that, although approximately 58 percent of high school graduates enter work or a work preparatory program following high school, occupational information for this group is the poorest. Many boys and girls never seek information. There is heavy reliance on reading activities for occupational information with the "Occupational Outlook Handbook" the most frequently utilized source. Information in regard to training opportunities, job clusters, psychological characteristics of workers, and occupational outlook is inadequate. Recommendations include development of multi-media approaches to information dissemination by private publishers, major data-gathering activities by the government, establishment of state or regional information centers to which all schools would have access, use of job cluster format in presenting occupational information, and use of films or filmstrips to depict elements of work. (JK)
Descriptors: Business Education Teachers, Career Choice, Career Guidance, Counselors, Distributive Education Teachers, High Schools, Information Dissemination, Information Sources, Information Utilization, Librarians, National Surveys, Occupational Clusters, Occupational Information, Principals, Trade and Industrial Teachers
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Industrial Relations Research Inst.