ERIC Number: ED297158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
High School Preparation for Employment.
Hotchkiss, Lawrence; And Others
This report contains four studies related to preparation of youth for employment after leaving school. The first study, "Learning as a Product of Exposure and Readiness" (Hotchkiss), examined the effects of curriculum on the learning of basic skills using an interaction model. The data collected revealed statistically significant interactions among indicators of learning readiness and indicators of exposure, but the patterns of interaction did not conform to those predicted by the theoretical model. The second study, "Supply and Demand Effects on Part-Time Work of High School Students" (Hotchkiss), investigated the potential effects of a number of work variables on four work outcomes during high school: hours worked per week, wage, labor force participation, and unemployment. It was found that wage is not the primary determinant of labor supply; rather, a set of attitudes used to reflect nonmonetary rewards of work influence hours and labor force participation. The third study, "Impact of Curriculum on the Noncollege-bound Youths' Labor Market Outcomes" (Kang, Bishop), focused on the effects of high school curriculum and performance on the post-high school employment experience of noncollege-bound youth. Taking additional vocational courses was strongly associated with success in the labor market immediately after high school, and the total amount of academic and vocational course work was moderately associated with greater labor market success. The fourth study, "Time Profile of Youths' Labor Market Outcomes: An Analysis of High School and Beyond Data" (Kang), extended the third study by adding high school employment variables as predictors of post-high school employment. Work experience in high school, vocational education, and instruction in basic skills all improved students' post-high school earnings. A five-page reference list concludes the document. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.