ERIC Number: ED305445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Reasons High School Students Are Not Enrolling in Vocational Education and People Influencing Students' Decisions.
The study investigated reasons why 11th-grade students decided not to enroll in a vocational curriculum and who influenced their decision. The population studied was all nonvocational 11th-grade students in the Southwest Ohio Region Personnel Development Center during the 1987-88 school year. Five schools were randomly selected from the population, resulting in 633 nonvocational 11th-graders. Two of the schools were in urban areas, and three were in rural areas; the socioeconomic status of the schools was similar. Students were about 80 percent white, 17 percent black, and 3 percent other races, and about half male and half female. Students completed questionnaires; a random sample of 15 of their parents were interviewed by telephone. The study showed that the most often cited reason students did not enroll in vocational education was that they wanted to go to college and that vocational education would neither prepare them for college nor offer the right graduation credits. Students also had a negative image of vocational education courses and vocational students. The study also found that mothers/female guardians, followed by friends, were the most important influences on student curriculum choice. The study concluded that vocational education should seek ways to become more integrated with the academic curriculum in order to offer college-bound students credits for college. It also suggested marketing the vocational curriculum to mothers. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 1989).