ERIC Number: ED170577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Black Leaders' Attitudes toward the Desirability of Black Students' Entering and Completing Vocational Education Programs. A National Study.
In a national study to help assure that programs meet the legislative mandate and are socially responsive to black students' needs, federal vocational education administrators surveyed black leaders. Respondants included 1,252 persons. The first of three major survey questions--"Is it desirable for black students to enter and complete vocational education programs?"--was answered "yes." This answer assumes that the program provides marketable skills and other benefits that outweigh negative aspects and preclude a tracking system. In answering question 2--"What kind of vocational education programs will help more blacks successfully enroll in and complete the programs?"--six recommendations were formulated: relate training to available or emerging jobs; provide sound academic studies; arrange for on-the-job work experiences; increase the amount of stipends and number of scholarships; set high graduation requirements; provide placement services, and conduct follow-up studies. Question 3--"How can vocational education programs better meet the training-employment needs of black students? -- was responded to with policy recommendations for training black youth to be employable. Based on study findings and Policy Panel and Strategic Advisors' opinions, the Office of Education made recommendations in seven areas: Black involvement, goals and accountability, federal administration of vocational education, funding, occupational diversity, employment, and alternative occupational training programs. (CSS)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Black Leadership, Black Students, Educational Administration, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Employment Opportunities, Enrollment Influences, Federal Government, Financial Support, Graduation Requirements, Job Training, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Improvement, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Nellum (A.L.) and Associates, Washington, DC.