ERIC Number: ED337692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
A Comparative Analysis of 1982, 1985, and 1989 High School Graduates in the Sun Technical School Service Region.
Kauffman, John; And Others
High school and post-high school experiences were compared for 1982, 1985, and 1989 graduates from Lewisburg, Middleburg, Mifflinburg, Selingsgrove, Shikellamy, and West Snyder High Schools, Pennsylvania. These experiences were contrasted by both year of graduation and by program of study: academic, Sun Area Technical School, home school vocational, and general. Information regarding secondary school experiences was collected from high school transcripts. A questionnaire was mailed to graduates to obtain data regarding post-high school work and higher education experiences. The response rate was 40 percent (n=1,271). Findings indicated that the most dramatic change was an increased preference for preparing for and pursuing higher education. This movement was significant for both genders but more so for females. The growth in the academic program of study came at the expense of the vocational education programs but not the general curriculum. Of possible concern was the growing relative participation in the general program, which grew to the second largest program. Due to increased graduation requirements, the total credits earned by all students increased, but students did not necessarily move higher in the curriculum. Seventy-seven percent of respondents noted that career information would have been helpful. Manufacturing dominated employment, although college graduates were more apt to have public service careers. (Six figures and 26 tables are provided.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Education, Comparative Analysis, Educational Attainment, Educational Experience, Educational Research, Educational Status Comparison, Employment, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, General Education, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Income, Postsecondary Education, Vocational Education, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Sun Area Technical School, New Berlin, PA.