ERIC Number: ED307394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec-5
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Vocational Enrollment Patterns and Occupational Aspirations of American High School Students in 1982: A Causal Analysis.
Smick, Regina A.; Camp, William G.
A study examined the impact of vocational education enrollment on the occupational aspirations of high school students, after correcting for the effects of other variables that also affect those aspirations. The data used for the study were collected in the High School and Beyond Sophomore Cohort study, second follow-up, when former students were age 30. Variables taken into account were gender, socioeconomic status, grade point average, and basic ability. The results showed that the major contributor to basic ability was socioeconomic status. Basic ability was the major contributor to both grade point average and to vocational enrollment pattern, whereas vocational enrollment pattern was the major contributor to occupational aspiration. The study concluded that even when correcting for the effects of gender, socioeconomic status of family, basic ability, and high school grade point average, the students who enrolled in vocational education express lower occupational aspirations than nonvocational students. The results of the study thus support earlier findings that enrollment in vocational programs produces reduced occupational aspirations among students. However, the study recommended further research to determine what variables other than the ones studied produced the actual effect, as well as the fact that vocational educators stress the upward mobility possibilities of vocational education, not just entry-level jobs. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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