ERIC Number: ED203203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Selected Factors Influencing Student Enrollment at Area Vocational Schools in East, Middle and West Tennessee.
Lindsey, Willie E., Jr.
An analysis was made of selected factors influencing students to enroll in area postsecondary vocational schools in East, Middle, and West Tennessee. Four hundred forty-three students were surveyed concerning three broad areas of dependent variables: domestic environment, perceived opportunities, and assessment of program. Data were analyzed by using one-way analysis of variance and chi-square analysis. Major findings included the following: there were no significant differences in age, race, marital status, on educational level of parents by race and locations of area vocational schools; there were significant differences in race and source of family income, race and employment while in high school, race and family income, and source of funds for education and race of the student; friends had more influence over the selection of an area school than either parents or teacher/counselors; and the majority of the students felt that their opportunities would be better as a result of attending the area vocational school. Three major conclusions were supported by these findings: (1) the area vocational-technical schools are meeting the expectations of the majority of the students enrolled; (2) the students are motivated to pursue postsecondary education even though the majority come from homes where the parents do not have more than a high school education; and (3) a combination of factors, rather than any specific reason, influence students to enroll in the area vocational school. Recommendations are made for student recruitment; for determining why more blacks and other races are not attending the Nashville area school; for assessing the need for less-than-six-month courses; and for further research. (KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University.