ERIC Number: ED193499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes Toward Vocational Education and the Relationship between Family Income and Participation in Vocational Courses.
Lewis, Morgan V.; And Others
In a national public opinion survey of more than 4,000 adults and a survey of 830 National School Boards Association (NSBA) members at their 1979 national convention, 86 percent of the public and 93 percent of the NSBA respondents endorsed vocational education. Approximately three-quarters of the public but less than half of the NSBA members were in favor of more emphasis by the schools on career preparation through vocational programs. In addition, approximately one-third of the public respondents said they would like to take vocational courses at the present time if they were available. Also, 85 percent of those who reported having received vocational training said the training was "very useful" or "somewhat useful" later in their lives. While these findings were favorable toward vocational education, about one-quarter of both groups of respondents said that present programs prepare students for jobs "not too well" or "not well at all," while 18 percent of the public respondents were undecided or uninformed about the quality of job preparation. Preliminary and tentative analysis of the relationship between participation in vocational training and family income yielded results suggesting that primary wage earners who had taken vocational courses had significantly higher family incomes than similar respondents with no vocational training. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.