ERIC Number: ED134693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Relationships Between Student Characteristics, "Success" and Course of Study in Selected Voc-Tech Training Programs. Research and Development Series No. C/74-1.
Drummond, Bob; And Others
A study concerned with the validity of using test data as predictors of student success in various vocational education programs focused on description of the student group in terms of selected variables and on an investigation of the similarities and differences of the groups. Subjects were 519 students representing 12 programs of study (with greatest representations coming from auto mechanics, building trades, and electricity/electronics) from six vocational centers in Maine. Three types of data were gathered: (1) Information about program of enrollment, expected job, retrospective vocational aspirations, and feelings about school gathered by an eight-item questionnaire developed by the authors and completed by the subjects; (2) indicators of academic and intellectual abilities (grade averages and scores on an ability test administered in conjunction with the project); and (3) standardized measures of interests, values, and attitudes related to career development gathered with the Work Values Inventory (WVI), the Ohio Vocational Interest Survey (OVIS), and the Career Maturity Inventory (CMI). Results were found to support the hypothesis that standardized tests differentiate among students in various vocational training programs. It is also concluded that intensive longitudinal studies are essential to a fuller and more useful understanding of the relationship between student characteristics and salient outcomes of education. (The report includes presentation and discussion of all the study's findings.) (LAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maine State Dept. of Educational and Cultural Services, Augusta. Vocational Education Research Coordinating Unit.