ERIC Number: ED257964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Oregon High School Follow-up Study. Statewide Findings.
Owens, Thomas R.
A followup study collected data from and concerning 1981 high school graduates and early leavers from 19 schools throughout Oregon in order to determine the effects of vocational training on employment and further education beyond high school. Data from 1,296 former students, 672 of whom had taken at least one year of vocational cluster courses, were analyzed along with the responses of 65 vocational education teachers to a vocational education program features survey. Approximately half of the former vocational education students were working full-time, 19 percent were employed part-time and 30 percent were enrolled in school. Among the former nonvocational students, 41 percent were employed on a full-time basis, 21 percent had part-time jobs, and 41 percent were enrolled in school. Five percent of each group were unemployed. Wages did not differ between former vocational and nonvocational students; however, females in both groups earned significantly less than their male counterparts. Less than 10 percent of respondents in each group were dissatisfied with their current job. Fifty-nine percent of the vocational graduates and 40 percent of the nonvocational graduates judged their vocational courses to be closely or somewhat related to their current job, with approximately half of the respondents in each group wishing they had taken more vocational classes while in high school. (This paper includes 31 tables and a copy of the student survey instrument.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Educational Attitudes, Educational Benefits, Employment Patterns, Females, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, Influences, Job Satisfaction, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Questionnaires, Salary Wage Differentials, School Role, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Div. of Vocational Education.; Washington County Education Service District, Portland, OR.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon