ERIC Number: ED342940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative Analysis of the Post-Secondary Experiences of Graduates of Vocational, Academic, and General Curricula for the Years 1982, 1985, and 1988. Pennsylvania Graduate Study. Final Report.
Palmo, Artis J.
A study compared the high school, postsecondary education, and work experience records of graduates from four high school programs of study. Graduates of Academic/College Preparatory (ACP), General (GEN), Home School Business Program (HSBP), and Area Vocational-Technical School (AVTS) from 1982, 1985, and 1988 were surveyed during the 1989-90 school year. The sample consisted of 50 percent of the graduates from three school districts sending students to Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) AVTS. The mail questionnaires surveyed general information, educational history, and employment history. Findings indicated that Chi-square analysis for satisfaction with high school program was not significant. Over one-quarter did not feel prepared to make decisions following high school. The Chi-square analysis proved significant for persons who influenced the graduates in selection of high school curriculum. Full-time work status for HSBP and AVTS graduates was higher than for any other category. Eighty-two percent reported attending a postsecondary program--94.9 percent of ACP, 64.4 percent of GEN, 66.2 percent of HSBP, and 51 percent of AVTS graduates. The Chi-square analysis indicated some real differences in type of initial employment. Most reported satisfaction with their jobs and training received. Statistical analyses examined such variables as grade point average, class rank, and English, math, science, and total credits. (Appendixes include 50 tables, a transcript evaluation form, and the questionnaire.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Chi Square, Comparative Analysis, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, Educational Experience, Educational Research, Employment Experience, Enrollment Influences, General Education, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Job Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Bethlehem Counseling Associates, PA.