ERIC Number: ED268283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec-31
Reference Count: 0
Research Factors That Affect Skills Center Enrollment. Final Report.
Abendroth, Ruth B.
A study examined the attitudes of 546 randomly selected 10th- and 11th-grade students attending 14 public high schools serving the Spokane Area Vocational Skills Center to determine who and what influenced students' decisions to enroll in the center. Parents, friends, and counselors were ranked as people who influenced the students' interest and enrollment in the skills center, with attenders indicating a more positive influence than nonattenders. Half the students felt that students should first hear of the skills center in ninth grade whereas 26 percent felt they should be made aware of the center in the eighth grade. The center's general brochure, video presentation, and slide show were considered effective methods of informing students about the skills center. Responses from nonattenders indicated that the skills center's image is good. Among those areas of the center's operation that were mentioned as problems were credits for graduation, graduation and college requirements, lack of skills center offerings, science and math requirements, length of the skills center day, and the need for semester classes. A survey of selected members of the area's business community indicated that the curriculum offered at the skills center is now important and will continue to be important in 6 years. (This report includes the student and business survey instruments and the survey computer program.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Commission for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Spokane Area Vocational Skills Center, WA.