ERIC Number: ED215218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Postsecondary Experiences of Students with Varying Participation in Secondary Vocational Education.
Campbell, Paul B.; And Others
This study examined the effects of secondary vocational education on the post-high school educational activities of youth. Data used in the study were taken from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience, New Youth Cohort (NLS Youth), supplemented with information from the respondents' high school transcripts. Findings included the following: (1) a majority of high school graduates, both vocational and nonvocational, enroll in some type of postsecondary program; (2) higher levels of educational aspirations were associated with higher probabilities of postsecondary participation; (3) less frequent participation in postsecondary programs was found for minority youth with at least some vocational experience, although, for whites, secondary vocational education did not seem to reduce overall postsecondary participation; (4) class rank, and, for whites only, parents' education influenced secondary participation; (5) living in the West was associated with a higher attendance in two-year colleges; and (6) for certain subgroups, a higher unemployment rate and residence in a rural area showed an increased likelihood of postsecondary participation. Issues raised for policy considerations are these questions: Should secondary vocational training programs take the responsibility for fully equipping graduates with the necessary skills to enter the labor market immediately? Or, should vocational education simply provide the needed prerequisites for further training after high school? The study concluded that policymakers should be aware of the diversity of secondary vocational education when deciding these questions. (KC)
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.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Labor Market Experience for Youth