ERIC Number: ED068715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
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A Comparison of Vocational and Non-Vocational High School Dropouts and Retainers.
Brantner, Seymour T.; Enderlein, Thomas E.
This report, as the seventh in a series of Vocational Development Study monographs providing data for investigating the vocational development of 780 vocational and non-vocational ninth graders over a 10 year period, will prove useful for teachers, counselors, administrators, and other school personnel interested in the dropout problem at the secondary level. Of 11 significant discriminators among the 20 independent variables considered, statistical analysis identified "grade point average" and "absenteeism" as unique significant predictors of the tendency to drop out of the vocational curriculum. Only "absenteeism" was a unique significant predictor of the dropout status of those in the non-vocational curriculum. The non-vocational dropouts and the vocational retainers revealed similar characteristics on cognitive variables. In contrast, the vocational dropouts and the non-vocational retainers show similar characteristics on socio-affective variables. Since both cultural factors and a negative overt response to the school envrionment are related to dropout proneness, a coordinated community effort is needed to resolve this problem. Because the dropout predictability for the non-vocational sample was half that of the vocational sample, vocational dropouts should be identified and prevented earlier in their programs. Numerous tables present the data. (AG)
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Harrisburg.; Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Vocational Education.