ERIC Number: ED321372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Influence of Vocational Decidedness on Dropout Prevention.
Kirkwood, Antoinette A.
An overview of innovative curriculum programs to increase student retention, with a focus on vocational instruction, is presented in this paper. The Pennsylvania Dauphin County Technical School is described, which utilizes a practical performance-oriented approach and individualized instruction in a vocation clusters system. The review of research concludes that a high correlation exists between student participation in vocational education and retention. To achieve a zero percent dropout rate, dropout prevention programs must relate traditional academic courses to student vocational preparation and incorporate a more flexible, diverse curriculum. A vocational decidedness questionnaire is included. (5 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Career Education, Career Guidance, Career Planning, College Bound Students, College Preparation, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Dropouts, High Risk Students, Noncollege Bound Students, Quality Circles, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Vocational Education, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A