ERIC Number: ED310267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Cooperative Vocational Education on Students' Work Values.
Chandler, David A.
A study was conducted to ascertain if there were a difference in the work values of students who participated in cooperative education classes as compared to students who were enrolled in regular vocational and academic classes. Two questions, each with three subparts, were formulated to determine the effects of the three different programs on students' work values. Data were collected from 99 students (about one-third in each program) after they had participated in the programs, through administration of Super's Work Values Inventory (1970). All of the participants were high school seniors who were randomly selected from a stratified random sample of school districts in Mississippi. The results showed that the cooperative education seniors rated two work values significantly higher than the academic seniors: variety and associates. The vocational education seniors also rated associates as more important than did the academic seniors. The findings indicate that an employment situation that offers a variety of different tasks is a quality that is better understood by those high school seniors who have participated in a cooperative education program. Participating students also realized the importance of working with people with whom they enjoy working. The study recommended further research in 5-10 years to see if these students' values remained constant. (16 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Dept. of Education, Jackson. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education.; Mississippi Research and Curriculum Unit for Vocational and Technical Education, State College.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Work Values Inventory