ERIC Number: ED284009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Variables Affecting High School Student Enrollment in Secondary Vocational Courses.
Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. School of Vocational Education.
A study was conducted to determine factors that influence high school students to enroll or not to enroll in vocational courses at the secondary level. It sought to determine student attitudes toward vocational education and the effect selected variables have on student decisions. Data were collected from 19,134 students in 38 schools in Louisiana. Attitudes held by most students toward vocational education were favorable. The percentage of students with favorable attitudes increased as their experience with vocational education increased. Recent changes in high school graduation requirements did not appear to affect significantly the number of students who wish to take vocational courses. Over two-thirds of the students said they were being encouraged to go to college by parents; 80 percent indicated they were being encouraged to do so by teachers and counselors. Persons in the home exerted the most influence on career choice. Interest in the work, salary, working conditions, and personal satisfaction were the most important factors considered by students in selecting a career. Students were not receiving effective career guidance. Perceptions of vocational students did not differ significantly from nonvocational students in the area of career decision making. (Correspondence and data are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. School of Vocational Education.