ERIC Number: ED215210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Educational and Employment Experiences of the Younger Adult Worker.
Mertens, Donna M.; Gardner, John A.
The Younger Adult Worker (YAW) study examined the systematic long-term relationship between exposure to vocational education and various indices of educational and employment outcomes. A telephone survey of 1539 young adults between the ages of 20 and 34 supplemented information from the l966-78 National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experiences for Young Men and Young Women and National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972. Analysis showed completion of a public postsecondary vocational program was positively associated with the marketing area for YAW men. For the class of 1972 a significantly positive coefficient was found for the trade and college prep variables. College prep and high socioeconomic status were positive predictors of college completion for the YAW sample. Significant negative predictors were the trade area for men and the business area for women. Trade areas were significantly positively associated with completion of apprenticeship training. Positive earnings effects were found for male marketing and trade and female business and trade graduates. Graduation from a vocational high school curriculum was negatively associated with completion of traditional postsecondary education, but positively associated with completion of nontraditional postsecondary. Study results strongly indicated sex stereotyping in vocational programs and employment. (Data tables comprise approximately one-half of the report). (YLB)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Experience, Educational Research, Employment, Employment Experience, Job Training, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Salaries, Secondary Education, Surveys, Vocational Education, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY 1982). For a related document see CE 031 902.