ERIC Number: ED067569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Using Ninth Grade Information for Tenth Grade Prediction.
Kapes, Jerome T.
This paper describes a study which was intended to identify those characteristics of ninth grade males which differentiated among the following four tenth grade groups: successful vocational; unsuccessful vocational; successful academic; and unsuccessful academic. The criterion for the findings was composed of four mutually exclusive categories combining variables of course selection and success. The results of the study confirm the hypothesis that successful and unsuccessful students in the academic and vocational curricula differ on many of the characteristics used in the study. Therefore, when discussing characteristics of ninth grade students and their relationship to the vocational vs academic curriculum decision, the distinction between successful and unsuccessful students is useful and necessary. In order to make the study most meaningful to counselors, a number of possible implications which follow from the findings are given: (1) Unsuccessful academic male students may choose the vocational curriculum and become potentially successful vocational students. (2) By increasing the prestige of the vocational program, more students may choose it and be successful in it. (3) Verbal and numerical ability is less necessary for success in the vocational programs than it is in the academic programs. (4) Factors not mentioned in the study are more related to success in the vocational curriculum. (Author/WS)
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Vocational Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Personnel and Guidance Association, March 25-30, 1972, Chicago, Illinois