ERIC Number: ED262250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Relationships among Characteristics of Post-Secondary Vocational Students and Their Work Values. Final Report. Vocational-Technical Education Research Report, Volume 23, Number 1.
A study sought to identify correlations among the characteristics and work values of vocational students enrolled in two community colleges in Pennsylvania. Six research questions were posed to 310 students enrolled in Harrisburg Area Community College and 377 students enrolled in Williamsport Area Community College. The study population represented a stratified random sample of individuals enrolled in five vocational study categories. Seven criterion variables were analyzed, and student characteristics were examined from the point of view of eight variates. Weak, but consistent relationships were found to exist among the students' characteristics and work values. Male and older vocational students valued satisfaction and accomplishment less than their female and younger counterparts did. Students who had more work experience and who were enrolled in industrial technology programs valued prestige and money more than the other groups surveyed. Students in cooperative education programs valued contribution more than those not enrolled in such programs; similarly, female students valued contribution more than did males. White students valued job advancement more than nonwhite students, and older students and male students valued this advancement less than younger and female students. (Appendixes to this report include the work value questionnaire, a copy of Duncan's Socioeconomic Index, and a description of the occupational areas included in the five subject areas examined.) (MN)
Descriptors: Age, Attitude Measures, Community Colleges, Geographic Location, Individual Differences, Influences, Occupational Aspiration, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Race, Sex, Socioeconomic Status, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges, Values, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Div. of Occupational and Vocational Studies.