ERIC Number: ED215145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education and the Younger Adult Worker.
Mertens, Donna M.; Gardner, John A.
The Younger Adult Worker (YAW) study examined the long-range impact of participation in vocational education through a national cross-sectional survey of 1,539 persons aged 20 to 24 who were in the civilian labor force. After supplementing study data with data from two other national data bases, researchers drew conclusions pertaining to the long-range effects of vocational education on participants' earnings, employment, education, and aspirations. Included among the main findings of the study were the following: (1) both men and women vocational graduates generally earned more than did graduates of general curriculum programs, and indirect effects of vocational education on earnings are felt through all forms of postsecondary education as well as through tenure and unionization; (2) participation in vocational education was associated with a lower likelihood of unemployment; (3) overall, vocational graduates were more satisfied with the adequacy of their preparation to get a job than were their general curriculum graduate peers; and (4) female vocational graduates most frequently aspired to professional and clerical jobs, whereas male graduates generally aspired to managerial, professional, and crafts occupations. Recommendations called for further research concerning the effect of vocational education on later labor market experiences, dropout prevention, and achieving sex equity. (MN)
Descriptors: Cross Sectional Studies, Demography, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employee Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Family Status, Income, Labor Market, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Occupational Aspiration, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Participation, Questionnaires, Salary Wage Differentials, Socioeconomic Status, Unemployment, Vocational Education, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.