ERIC Number: ED290922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Vocational Education and the Low Achieving Student. A Study of Vocational Education. Report #3.
South Carolina State Council on Vocational and Technical Education, Columbia.
This report, the third in a series of studies of South Carolina's vocational education system, summarizes the results of a statewide survey of approximately 350 vocational center directors, guidance and placement personnel, and vocational teachers on the issue of how vocational education can best meet the needs of some 30,000 low achieving students who do not pursue postsecondary education. The results of the survey revealed that (1) low achieving students are being served primarily in trade/industry and occupational home economics; (2) there are no specific guidelines regarding assessment and counseling about programs that offer the most realistic opportunities for success and job placement; (3) vocational center directors typically have higher expectations about the training and placement of low achievers than do counseling and placement staff; (4) the most useful aspects of the vocational curriculum for low achievers are the hands-on instructional approach, career exploration and more individualized attention, and the development of positive work habits and attitudes; and (5) available resources are not being used effectively to help low achievers. Recommendations were made on developing policy for early and systematic assessment and placement of low achievers in remediation and employability skills programs, developing alternative programs, providing incentives for employers, and expanding counselors' roles in assessing and counseling low achieving students. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Council on Vocational and Technical Education, Columbia.
Note: For related documents, see ED 282 983-984 and CE 049 620.