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ERIC Number: ED314637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Student and Parent Images of Vocational Education Offerings: Declining Enrollment in Vocational Education.
Rossetti, Rosemarie
To investigate factors that influence a student not to enroll in a high school vocational curriculum, a study sought to determine the following: (1) what relationships exist between the high school students' sex, race, socioeconomic status, and curriculum choice and the students' image of vocational education; and (2) what image of vocational education is held by high school students and their parents. Data were collected by questionnaires administered to all 633 11th-grade nonvocational students enrolled in five randomly selected schools within the Southwest Ohio Region Personnel Development Center during the 1987-88 school year. Sixteen parents of these students were interviewed over the telephone. The statistical analysis included descriptive, correlational, and analysis of variance techniques. The following are among the results reported: (1) the students whose images of vocational education are most negative are white, male, of a high socioeconomic status, and enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum; (2) males' images were more negative than females', whites' images were more negative than blacks' and other minorities', and the images of those with the highest socioeconomic status were more negative than of those with the lowest socioeconomic status--although sex, race, and socioeconomic status were found to account for only a small amount of the variance; (3) 55 percent of the students said they had neither a positive nor a negative view of vocational education; and (4) parents' images were similar to students'. (A six-item bibliography is included.) (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio