ERIC Number: ED266315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Outcomes of Vocational Education for Women, Minorities, the Handicapped, and the Poor.
Campbell, Paul B.; And Others
A study investigated interrelationships between educational background and membership in "groups of special interest"--women, blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians, persons of low socioeconomic status (SES), handicapped individuals, and persons with limited English proficiency. Data were from the High School and Beyond sample and the sample from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience Youth Cohort. The secondary vocational education curriculum attracted, in disproportionate numbers, youth with low SES, lower ability, and feelings of personal inadequacy. White men were most likely to enroll. Within the vocational education curriculum were pronounced gender differences by specialty. The likelihood of continuing education beyond high school was significantly greater for youths of higher SES, greater ability, and higher self-esteem. A secondary vocational curriculum paid off in earnings for youth subsequently employed in jobs related to training. Significant gender differentials in earnings existed. Regarding race and ethnicity, no statistically significant earnings differentials favored whites. Policy measures were implied by the absence of racial labor market discrimination, absence of racial and ethnic earnings differentials, and overrepresentation in vocational education of students with low self-esteem and their subsequent lower educational and labor market achievement. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Blacks, Disabilities, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Background, Educational Benefits, Educational Status Comparison, Enrollment, Females, Hispanic Americans, Limited English Speaking, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Salary Wage Differentials, Secondary Education, Self Esteem, Student Characteristics, Vocational Education, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For a related document, see CE 043 632.