ERIC Number: ED186628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Alpha Gamma Study: A Report on the Basic Business Survival Skills Survey.
Reap, Margaret Casey
A survey of 8,793 Houston area students examined student performance of personal business functions required of most adults in our economically-oriented society: legal skills, recordkeeping skills, buying skills, and management skills. The Basic Business Survival Skills Survey, fifty true-false questions in the four general areas, was administered to students from twenty-seven high schools (grades 9-12) and one community college. Between 67% and 92% of the high school students and 46% of the junior college students failed to answer at least 65% of the questions correctly. Median scores of students who had completed two or more business courses were approximately the same as for those who had not taken any business courses. Analysis by grade level showed little deviation among grades 9, 10, and 11 on buying skills, followed by recordkeeping, legal, and management skill scores the lowest. Three significant factors emerged in every school: (1) the majority of high school students are significantly deficient in basic business survival skills, (2) the majority are not being enrolled in business courses that include all four areas of basic business survival skills, and (3) the traditional business program does not seem to adequately prepare students in personal business skills. (Questionnaire and data are appended.) (JT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Univ., TX. Coll. of Education.