ERIC Number: ED313562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Massachusetts High School Students. Program Enrollment Decisions, High School Experiences, Career Plans and Post High School Plans, and Opinions about Vocational-Technical Education.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Div. of Occupational Education.
A survey of Massachusetts high school students in March 1989 compared and contrasted vocational-technical high school students with other high school students (college preparatory and general studies) in four major areas: decision to enroll in vocational-technical or in other programs, high school experiences, post-high school plans and career plans, and opinions about vocational-technical education. The written survey was administered in class to more than 2,000 vocational-technical and 1,500 college preparatory or general studies 10th- and 12th-grade students in 41 schools. Among the findings were the following: (1) vocational students were much more likely to have had opposition to their choice to enroll in a vocational program than either college preparatory or general studies students; (2) most students, especially vocational students, rated guidance services poorly; (3) general studies students were more likely to think that high school experiences were better than they had thought they would be; (4) most college preparatory students planned to attend a four-year college after high school, general students planned to go to a two-year college, and vocational students planned to work full time; and (5) most students either held negative attitudes toward vocational education or thought other people did. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Academic Education, Career Choice, Educational Attitudes, Enrollment Influences, General Education, High School Students, High Schools, Occupational Aspiration, Participant Satisfaction, Program Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Technical Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Div. of Occupational Education.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts