ERIC Number: ED290028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
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Career Decision Patterns of Seniors Who Have Taken Vocational Courses.
Kotrlik, Joe W.; Harrison, Betty C.
A study investigated the persons and factors that influence the career decisions of high school vocational students. A closed-form questionnaire was administered to all senior students in 43 Louisiana high schools (n=3,858). Findings indicated that parents influenced the students' career choices more than any other persons, with the mother being more influential than the father. Vocational teachers were more influential than the counselor concerning career decisions. Too many parents, teachers, and counselors appeared to be encouraging students to go to college. Leading factors for seniors in selecting a career were interest in the work, working conditions, salary/wages, and personal satisfaction. The differences in responses among the students who were categorized according to vocational program experience indicated that a uniqueness exists in the career decision-making patterns of vocational students. Little relationship, if any, or a low positive relationship existed between years in a specific vocational program and whether that vocational teacher had an effect on the student's career decisions. Low to moderate positive relationships existed between years in a specific vocational program and whether that program had an effect on the student's career decisions. (References and data tables are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Education Research Association (Las Vegas, NV, December 6-10, 1987).