ERIC Number: ED055238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Selected Characteristics of Ninth Grade Boys and Curriculum Selection and Success in Tenth Grade.
Kapes, Jerome T.
This second report on a 10-year longitudinal study of Pennsylvania youth identifies selected individual characteristics which are predictive of choice between academic and vocational curriculums and academic success after Grade 10. Using data on all male Altoona public school students who were in Grade 9 in 1968-1969, the study analyzed the effects of variables measuring ability, occupational values, vocational maturity, family background, and occupational aspirations. The results show that success in the academic curriculum is much more predictable than success in the vocational curriculum, with 51 percent of the variance explained by five variables in the former compared with only 27 percent by all the variables in the latter. Curriculum choice was found to be even less predictable, with only 22 percent of the variance explained by the 12 variables. Further research with two other samples will be used to validate the results. A related document is available as VT 014 080 in this issue. (BH)
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Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Continuing Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Vocational Education.