ERIC Number: ED289574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Career and Educational Interests of Johnson County Public High School Students.
Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.
In 1987, a study was conducted by Johnson County Community College (Kansas) in cooperation with local public school districts to determine the career and educational interests of the county's public high school students. Surveys were administered in class to 11,477 freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, requesting information on high school and work experiences, high school vocational/technical program interests, future plans, and college/university preferences. Study findings, based on a 68% response rate, included the following: (1) over 90% of all respondents gave a positive evaluation to their high school preparation; (2) over 50% of the respondents indicated that they needed more help in "gaining practical work experience in career field,""developing effective learning strategies,""securing scholarships or financial aid," and "selecting a career or college major"; (3) over 60% described their individual high school program as preparation for college, while 7% saw it as preparation for a job; (4) almost 60% worked part-time while in high school; (5) 47% of the students who earned mostly A's and 71% of students who earned mostly F's held jobs while in high school; (6) more males than females held jobs while in high school; (7) 65% of the female students and 56% of the males planned to attend college full-time during the first year after high school; and (8) about half of the students who indicated an intention to attend a specific college chose an out-of-state institution. The survey instrument is appended. (UCM)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, College Choice, Enrollment Influences, Females, Grades (Scholastic), High School Students, High Schools, Males, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Employment, Student Needs, Terminal Students, Vocational Education, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.