ERIC Number: ED328797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Participation in Vocational Education: An Overview of Patterns and Their Outcomes.
Campbell, Paul B.; Laughlin, Suzanne
A study combined information from two national longitudinal surveys that have followed the life events of thousands of young people during and after high school and used multivariate regression analyses to create a profile of vocational graduates and outcomes of vocational education. The study used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Labor Market Experience--New Youth Cohort and the High School and Beyond survey. Some of the findings of the study are the following: (1) vocational graduates make up 36-48 percent of all secondary graduates, with women usually outnumbering men; (2) students from families of lowest socioeconomic status are overrepresented in the vocational curriculum compared to their proportion in the general population; (3) less severely handicapped students are served by vocational education in proportion to their actual numbers; (4) about 42 percent of vocational graduates get first jobs related to their training; (5) the more credits earned in a vocational specialty and the higher the grades earned in that specialty, the greater the likelihood of getting and keeping a training-related job; (6) earnings advantages result to vocational graduates who develop a marketable skill and obtain a job related to that training; (7) participation in vocational education reduces the likelihood of students dropping out; and (8) gender differences are pronounced. Recommendations were made for further research, incentive to special groups, program continuation, and program development. (17 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.