ERIC Number: ED200776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-16
Sex Equity: Factors Associated with Nontraditional Vocational Enrollments.
Veres, Helen C.; And Others
A study involving thirty-four schools in New York State examined the influence of parents, peers, and school personnel on students' attitude toward selecting and enrolling in particular occupational education programs. Information was collected from a sampling of tenth grade general curriculum students, eleventh and twelfth grade occupational education students, parents, teachers, and counselors. Groups were surveyed by means of questionnaires, including both multiple choice and open-ended questions. A purposive, multistage cluster sampling technique was used to select respondents who participated in four vocational programs (cosmetology, drafting, electronics, and construction and maintenance). Tenth grade students who planned to take occupational education courses were surveyed about the people influencing their course selection and about the degree of support or opposition they expected from peers for various occupational programs. Students chose a number of alternative factors that would reduce their uneasiness in enrolling in a nontraditional course. Students enrolled in occupational education courses were surveyed regarding their satisfaction with their courses and their reasons for selecting them. Teachers and counselors were surveyed about their attitudes towards nontraditional enrollment in vocational education programs, previous participation in sex equity training workshops, and current practices which might facilitate or discourage nontraditional enrollments. (MN)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, High School Students, High Schools, Influences, Nontraditional Occupations, Participant Satisfaction, Participation, Peer Influence, School Surveys, Sex Fairness, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Influence, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Inst. for Research and Development in Occupational Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 1981). For related documents see ED 166 410 and ED 186 671.