ERIC Number: ED080734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
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Texas Education Product Study. Digest of Final Report.
Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.; Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
This document is a digest of a final report presenting the view and experiences of former students in Texas high schools who left as graduates or dropouts during the school years 1963-64 and 1968-69. The study's objectives were to: (1) determine the extent to which work and studies or training beyond the high school were based on high school experiences, (2) gather employment status information, (3) obtain appraisals of courses, activities, and school personnel, (4) obtain suggestions for improving schools and preventing dropouts, and (5) establish a data base for educational planning and assessment. From the data collected, it was concluded that: (1) The most popular high school courses were electives in which practical skills were learned, (2) Demand for more advanced college-preparatory courses was balanced if not exceeded by a reaction (from those never entering or not succeeding in college) against required courses, (3) The counselor's role should be more clearly defined, (4) Although teachers were generally approved, numerous criticisms indicated a need for greater attention in teacher selection and retention, (5) Boredom is a major problem in many classrooms and an important factor in dropouts, and (6) Progress was made by the schools between 1964 and 1969 in redirecting programs toward the world of work. The three report volumes are available in this issue as VT 021 092-VT 021 094. (MF)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Curriculum Evaluation, Dropout Attitudes, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, High School Students, Participant Satisfaction, Relevance (Education), Secondary School Curriculum, Vocational Followup
Department of Occupational Education and Technology, Texas Education Agency, 201 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
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Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.; Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Identifiers - Location: Texas