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ERIC Number: ED138809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Job Selection Patterns: Linkage between Vocational Education Programs and the Labor Market.
Copa, George H.; Kleven, Bruce A.
The purpose of the study was to develop and test a concept for defining the linkage between vocational education programs and the labor market. The proposed concept was titled a "job selection pattern." Procedures included collecting and analyzing occupations selected by graduates of Minnesota's area vocational technical institutes. Program areas were selected using three criteria: (1) At least one program area was selected from each of the traditional vocational education areas. (2) At least one program area was selected which was directed toward each of the basic categories of occupations of relevance to vocational education. (3) At least one program area was selected which traditionally had enrolled persons of each sex. Two major conclusions were that (1) there was a unique job selection pattern for each program area and patterns overlap between program areas, and (2) on the issue of stability of job selection patterns over time, program areas vary substantially in degree of stability and that individual program areas may have both stable and unstable aspects within their own patterns. The first section of this report describes the basis for developing the concept of a job selection pattern; the next section displays the results of trying out the concept on graduates of a selected sample of program areas. (LAS)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Employment Patterns, Geographic Location, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Industry, Job Placement, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Postsecondary Education, Prediction, Predictive Measurement, Program Development, Research, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Technical Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Minneapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota