ERIC Number: ED257962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Policies and School Practices: A Study of Factors Which Affect the Completion Rates of High School Vocational Programs in New Hampshire.
A study examined the extent to which formal and informal policies, practices, and activities intended to increase vocational enrollments and completion exist in New Hampshire's high schools. Data were collected from interviews with six vocational staff members at each of five sites, a survey given to administrators at 28 sites, and responses to the New Hampshire State Department of Education's termination survey. In general, the existence of policy regarding vocational program participation and completion was not related to actual completion rate. However, existence of a policy regarding nontraditional program participation and completion did tend to be somewhat predictive of the completion rates for several different types of programs. The number of student contact activities provided in schools was related to the completion rate for males in food production and auto mechanics but not for females. In addition, the number of student contact activities was also related to the completion rate for females in typing and general office curricula but not for males, thus suggesting that some activities have different effects upon males and females. Eight recommendations concerning practices and policies designed to increase enrollment and completion rates were formulated. (The administrator's questionnaire is included in this report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Differences, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Enrollment Influences, High School Students, Interviews, Nontraditional Occupations, Predictor Variables, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Sex Role, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Hampshire State Dept. of Education, Concord. Div. of Instructional Services.
Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire