ERIC Number: ED113537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Contributions of Vocational Education, Training and Work Experience to the Early Career Achievements of Young Men.
Grasso, John T.
The study of non-college-attending, male high school graduates examines vocational, general, and college preparatory high school curricula and certain post-school training opportunities to uncover differences in their effectiveness, either alone or in conjunction with post-school programs, in preparing youth for careers. Based on data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Men 1966-69, the following serve as criterion measures in a multivariate framework: a general occupational information test, attitudes toward adequacy of preparation, participation in post-school training, skill level of jobs, wages, measures of career potential, overall job satisfaction, and unemployment experience. Multiple regression is used to identify and measure the net effects of educational and training variables by controlling statistically for other influences, with separate analyses conducted for white and black youth. The empirical findings reported and discussed for each criterion measure are summarized and provide the basis for specific conclusions which do not support the view that vocational education at the secondary level is superior preparation for the world of work. Four major implications for secondary education are drawn from the findings. A 14-page bibliography, a discussion of statistical tests of the significance of intergroup differences in regression, and tabulated regression results are appended. (Author/MS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Human Resource Research.
Note: Appendix B may not reproduce well due to lightness of type; Ph.D. Dissertation, Ohio State University