ERIC Number: ED290034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec-8
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Emphases on Placement in Secondary School Job-Related Training Programs.
Hull, William L.; McCaslin, N. L.
A study examined placement as a key indicator of commitment to occupational preparation in secondary education. The study focuses on the different amounts and types of support received for placement services in different types of schools, the effect of type of school (rural, urban, or suburban) on the placement services available, and the personal priority of vocational teachers to place graduates in training-related jobs. The study data were collected in the spring and fall of 1986 as part of a systematic database secured through a national sample of public secondary schools and classrooms within them. Ten different instruments were used to collect data on a nationwide random sample of 120 schools, with at least 20 teachers and 4 vocational programs observed in each school. Ninety percent of the vocational teachers supported placement of students (versus 68 percent of the academic teachers). The greatest commitment to student placement was found in area vocational schools. Almost three-fourths of the teachers in vocational high schools indicated that their schools helped students look for summer jobs. Placement was most available in urban schools and least available in rural schools. Although the vocational teachers were committed to placing students in jobs related to their training, they considered providing students with job search skills more important than providing actual job placement services. Neither the vocational nor comprehensive high school teachers expressed much commitment to the idea of placing students in non-training-related jobs. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Las Vegas, NV, December 6-10, 1987).