ERIC Number: ED208254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Does Vocational Education Make a Difference? A Review of Previous Research and Reanalyses of National Longitudinal Data Sets.
Woods, Elinor M.; Haney, Walt
Designed to determine whether vocational education appears to make a difference in terms of a variety of outcomes, including opportunities for employment and advanced education and training, this report contains a review of previous national and non-national research concerning the effects of vocational education and a reanalysis of three national longitudinal data sets. The various methodological issues faced both in reviewing previous research and in reanalyzing national longitudinal data sets are discussed. Examined next are such characteristics of secondary vocational students and graduates as coursework taken, background, and test score differences. A variety of gainful employment outcomes associated with participation in secondary education programs is assessed, including employment status, employer satisfaction, job satisfaction, and self-employment. Also examined are occupational knowledge and skills, occupational advancement, and citizenship. Finally, these same student characteristics and outcome variables are examined with respect to postsecondary programs. The results of the research, as regards the title question, is a qualified "yes." Beyond that, an overall summary and a series of conclusions address the question in detail. Included in appendixes are descriptions of various survey samples, cross-tabular procedures and response procedures, and supplemental data on postsecondary enrollment patterns. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Citizenship, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Attainment, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Employment Level, Employment Opportunities, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Literature Reviews, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Research Design, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Vocational Education, Wages
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Huron Inst., Cambridge, MA.