ERIC Number: ED304545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of the Delivery of Postsecondary Occupational Education to Disadvantaged Populations.
Analysis of data from a broad national survey of postsecondary occupational education institutions was used to determine: (1) the demographic and educational characteristics of two at-risk groups--individuals with limited educational achievement and individuals with physical handicaps; (2) the educational programs in which these two groups are currently engaged; and (3) the support mechanisms that institutions offer the groups. Self-reported data were used to identify the two groups. The analysis found that members of the low educational achievement and handicapped populations differ from the average postsecondary student in a number of ways, but in terms of their current educational pursuits, the differences are minimal. Students in the disadvantaged groups are older, disproportionately male, and from lower income families. Similarly, major differences in high school background exist; the disadvantaged groups had lower grades, were more likely to have pursued the general curriculum, and put in less effort into extracurricular activities and homework. Nevertheless, these persons' current grades are only slightly lower than average; they are not any more likely than the average student to have taken developmental education classes; and they have similar attitudes and effort toward their current programs. Finally, the study found that on average, postsecondary institutions are serving disadvantaged populations fairly well, but they need to provide more training for their teachers in working with disadvantaged populations. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents, see ED 299 431-432 and CE 052 062.