ERIC Number: ED118921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Factors Affecting Student Enrollment and Scheduling in Vocational Education Programs in West Virginia. Final Report.
Jacobs, Dan K.; And Others
The goal of the study was to identify factors which inhibit the ability of West Virginia secondary school students to enroll or maintain enrollment in a vocational education program. Interviews were held with administrators, counselors, State supervisors, and teachers from a selected sample of vocational centers and comprehensive high schools from January to May 1975. Self-administered questionnaires were issued to vocational students and their parents, and to matched pairs of nonvocational students. All existing laws, procedures, and standards affecting vocational enrollments were reviewed and analyzed. Of the 892 student questionnaires, 76.8% were returned, and of the 892 parent questionnaires, 67.5% were returned. Interpretation of the results yielded the following findings: 16 of the 20 principals indicated that 50-90% of their student population should be in a vocational program; among the nonvocational students, 28% said they might be attracted by different vocational programs; if all school-related barriers, such as scheduling problems and credit and course requirements were removed, not more than 10% of all nonvocational students would be affected; and very few respondents reported attitudes unfavorable to vocational education. The report describes the methodological procedures of the study, discusses the results, and presents a summary and recommendations. Sample questionnaires and interview forms used to collect the data are appended. (NJ)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Enrollment Influences, High Schools, Parent Attitudes, Program Attitudes, Questionnaires, Research, Scheduling, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, State Programs, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools, Vocational Training Centers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Associated Educational Consultants, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia