ERIC Number: ED216208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
High School Vocational Graduates: Which Doors Are Open? Research and Development Series No. 226.
Campbell, Paul B.; And Others
Data from three studies were analyzed to determine effects of participation in secondary vocational education on subsequent labor market experiences and postsecondary educational experiences. The data were from the National Longitudinal Survey (NLS) of Labor Market Experience, New Youth Cohort, and high school transcripts of a subsample of the NLS panel. Five patterns of participation were identified: no vocational credits, concentrators, limited concentrators, concentrator/explorers, explorers, and incidental/personals. Low socioeconomic status was associated with higher levels of concentration. Females tended to have significantly higher representation among more intensive patterns of participation. Labor market status was influenced by race, sex, patterns of participation, and socioeconomic status. Being minority, female, and of a high socioeconomic status were associated with being out of the labor force. Intensive participation was associated with employment. A majority of high school graduates enrolled in postsecondary education. Higher levels of educational aspirations were associated with higher probabilities of postsecondary participation. Additional factors that positively influenced postsecondary participation included class rank and, for whites only, parents' education. Findings suggested that policymakers consider the diversity of participation in vocational education as they make decisions affecting programs' structure, students' assignment, facility use, and service delivery. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Educational Research, Employment, Females, High School Graduates, Minority Groups, Participation, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Young Adults
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, National Center Publications, Box F, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 (RD 226, $3.75; quantity discounts available--write for information).
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.