ERIC Number: ED333177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Development and Implementation of a Program To Increase Vocational School Attendance among High School Students.
The low number of high school students electing to take advantage of the training available at a vocational school was addressed by implementing a program of activities intended to increase knowledge and develop critical thinking skills in decision making. The program took place in a West Florida high school with 1,819 students in grades 9-12, the majority of whom were from a lower socioeconomic background; 517 were sophomores. When the program began, only 17 students were taking courses at the vocational school. Ninety percent of the students responding to a survey at the school said they had "no" to "low" knowledge of the vocational school. The program tried to increase the number of sophomores signing up for the vocational school, improve their attitudes toward the vocational school by critical thinking activities, and improve their knowledge of the vocational school by educational activities. At the end of 12 weeks, the number of sophomores registering for the vocational school was 21, compared to 5 for the preceding year. The goal of 50 students was not met, but attitudes toward the vocational school were more positive, with a reduction of 67 percent in the number of negative comments on a survey. It was recommended that the vocational school change its name to a technical institute or technical college. (A list of 16 references is provided. Appendixes include a student survey, survey results, brainstorming sections, student plan, and career choices listed by students.) (KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum report, Nova University.