ERIC Number: ED111446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Community Attitudes toward Occupational Education.
Oberlander, Fred D.
In order to identify minority attitudes toward occupational education, a survey form was developed and administered to a stratified random sample of 85 high school students, 85 community college students, and 80 community residents in the college's primarily Black service area. In 17 tables, the authors note the composition of the group by sex, age, and ethnic group; expressed occupational goals; preferred methods for entering an occupation; persons influential in determining career choice; training methods and institutions respondents wished to avoid and reasons for avoidance. The authors attribute negative attitudes toward occupational education to the unrealistic job expectations of minority high school and community college students and blame these aspirations on ineffective career guidance in the high schools. Students need a minimal understanding of the requirements for educational programs and careers, and of the severity of the competition for the available positions. The authors recommended a once-a-week multi-hour session and year-long credit course for high school seniors to be given at the college. Considering the low influence of teachers and counselors, the course could be given by carefully chosen professional, business, government, and labor leaders; better community and industry relations along with future job placements might be valuable fringe benefits. (NHM)
Descriptors: Black Attitudes, Career Choice, Career Counseling, Career Education, Career Guidance, Community Attitudes, High School Students, Minority Groups, Occupational Aspiration, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: Compton Community Coll., CA.