ERIC Number: ED336532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Work Values of High School Vocational Education Students.
Kraska, Marie F.
A study compared the perceptions of work and work value orientations of high school students enrolled in the first year of a vocational education programs. Three hundred eight students were compared on the basis of gender, ethnic group, and academic status (disadvantaged and nondisadvantaged). Two hundred were from two small rural southern area vocational centers; 108 were from 2 large southern metropolitan area vocational centers. Guidance counselors administered the Meaning and Value of Work Scale (MVWS) and returned raw data for analysis. The multivariate analysis of variance statistical procedure was applied to the three independent variables (gender, ethnic group, and academic status) and two dependent variables--scores on Part I of the MVWS (meaning of work) and scores on Part II (value of work). Females scored significantly higher than males on the meaning and value of work. Females held more positive attitudes toward the meaning and value of work than did males. Ethnic group was a significant source for meaning of work; black students had the larger mean, indicating a broader perception of work than white students. No significant differences resulted from the comparison between disadvantaged and nondisadvantaged students. (A list of 16 references and 2 tables are appended.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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