ERIC Number: ED264444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
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The Role of Vocational Education in Decreasing the Dropout Rate.
Weber, James M.
In an effort to identify the kinds of vocational experiences that appear to be the most promising in reducing the dropout rate, two distinct research strategies were used. The first strategy involved analysis of data available from the High School and Beyond Project, a nationally representative sample of students and schools surveyed in 1980 (when the students were sophomores) and resurveyed in 1982. The second strategy involved contacting a sample of nine exemplary dropout prevention programs and securing descriptive data from them regarding their orientation, organization, and operations. In general, project results confirm that participation in vocational education is positively related to high school retention. Rather than participate in the mainstream of the vocational program, however, dropouts tend to participate more in exploratory and consumer/homemaker or industrial arts courses than in job-skill training courses. Also, they tend to be involved in work-study experiences that do not appear to be directly related to their overall high school programs. Included among the project recommendations are the following: more systematic efforts to identify potential dropouts; programmatic activities to reduce absenteeism, theft, and drug abuse; activities to enhance parents' involvement; more extensive career exploration and career education experiences; and review of dropout-prone students' work-study experiences. (CT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.