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ERIC Number: ED187848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Employer Satisfaction with Vocational Education Graduates. Information Series No. 204.
Asche, F. Marion; Vogler, Daniel E.
This review of the literature on employer satisfaction with vocational education graduates is based on a search for representative studies with different methodologies and from different sources. Observations made are organized into four basic categories: (1) theoretical considerations in conducting research; (2) methodological considerations in the design of studies; (3) the identification of vocational students; and (4) the identification of employers. Selected conclusions from this section are these: an accurate measure of employer satisfaction should be developed; universal and workable definitions for terms such as graduates, completers, leavers, and employers must be used; and variances for curriculum and types of programs must be made. Reasons cited and developed in the paper for assessing employer satisfaction with vocational education graduates are to validate worth; identify needed improvements; improve education/employer relations; improve guidance services; bolster recruitment; enhance labor force capability; and satisfy legislative mandates. Five proposed policy and research positions conclude the paper. They include those concerning philosophical issues about the collection of information and the actual collection of information and its subsequent use. (Abstracts of the documents reviewed are appended--ten general employer surveys and eighteen employer follow-up studies.) (MEK)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Employer Attitudes, Employers, Graduates, Identification, Job Performance, Postsecondary Education, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Secondary Education, Students, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 ($3.25)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.