ERIC Number: ED134799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Influence of Model Vocational Programs on the Attitudes of Rural Disadvantaged Adolescents.
Handley, Herbert M.; And Others
A study was conducted to determine whether the school and work related attitudes of students enrolled in model programs for training disadvantaged differed significantly from those of their counterparts who had no chance to take part in vocational education programs. Another goal of the study was to compare the affective characteristics of disadvantaged students from exemplary vocational programs with those of nondisadvantaged students in regular vocational education programs. Students came from schools in four geographical regions in rural Mississippi. Twenty attitudinal variables including 15 work values assessed by Super's Work Values Inventory, the Attitude Scale of Crites' Career Maturity Inventory, four attitude scores from Kilbane's Survey of Pupil Opinion, including perceptions of self-as-student, perceptions of teachers, social perceptions, and overall school attitudes were measured for the 278 subjects in the three groups. In addition, the overall attitudes of the disadvantaged group toward vocational education and instructors' rating of their progress in vocational classes were collected. Nine research questions probing inter-group relationships and within-group relationships for attitudes held by students in the quality programs were utilized to structure the study. Data were analyzed by use of a variety of univariate and multivariate statistical models. Special needs programs in Mississippi were found to be associated with development of more positive attitudes in disadvantaged students. Disadvantaged students in quality programs expressed more positive attitudes toward their vocational studies than were observed for regular vocational students. They also exhibited a profile of attitudes more like those of regular vocational students and less like those of disadvantaged youth in nonvocational studies. (LAS)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Career Development, Comparative Analysis, Demonstration Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Research, High School Students, High Schools, Program Effectiveness, Rural Youth, School Attitudes, Special Programs, Student Attitudes, Student School Relationship, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Research and Curriculum Unit for Vocational and Technical Education, State College.; Mississippi Univ., University. Bureau of Educational Research.