ERIC Number: ED087866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
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Followup Report on Illinois "Class of '71" Occupational Program Alumni. Final Report.
Felstehausen, Joyce L.; And Others
The follow-up study evaluating the effectiveness of occupational education programs in Illinois focused on six principal dimensions: the basis on which occupational decisions were made; the post-high school status of occupational program completers; employment experience of program completers; alumni assessments of program helpfulness and recommendations for program improvement; employer/supervisor appraisals of employee preparation for employment; and entry level personal qualities and job skills considered important for employment. Findings, reported by program areas, varied according to program. Occupational program alumni from 102 Illinois high schools provided questionnaire data. The 5,203 usable responses constituted 46.4 percent of the total number sent and 9 percent of the total number of Illinois 1971 program completions. Another 2,651 responses were obtained from employers of alumni. Among the several recommendations for improving the followup system are: develop better identification of occupational programs and standardization of terms; appropriate funds for additional software; make the data available at appropriate times; discover new ways to relate subsequent employment to training taken; increase emphasis on career education; provide school district placement services; re-evaluate evaluative criteria; and base programs on job analysis. (Statistical tables are included.) (AG)
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Sponsor: Illinois Professional and Curriculum Development Unit for Vocational and Technical Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Eastern Illinois Univ., Charleston. Center for Educational Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois