ERIC Number: ED342944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Exhibit and Analysis of 1990-91 Carl D. Perkins Research Project (Non-allocated II-B). Final Report.
Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA.
A Pittsburgh School District study compared vocational, academic, and general students for the years 1983, 1986, and 1989. It collected information on secondary experience, postsecondary options, postsecondary education/training dropout and completion rates, employment history, geographic mobility, and income history. A specific question related to whether the respondent would still choose the same curriculum he/she had originally chosen. A literature review showed a need for more reliable and in-depth information concerning the secondary experience and immediate postsecondary options chosen. The data collection method was a telephone interview/mailed questionnaire process; the study population consisted of all graduated members (n=7,922) of the 1982, 1985, and 1988 graduating classes of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Statistical analysis was through a three-way contingency table where classifications were years, curriculum chosen, and response to attitudinal questions. A chi-square analysis with 8 degrees of freedom was used for each year of the study. Regarding secondary experience of the 1,103 respondents, 52.2 percent were academic, 28.2 percent general, and 19.6 percent vocational. As for postsecondary options chosen, full-time work equaled almost 30 percent; full-time education and training equaled 57.3 percent. Postsecondary completers were 55.6 percent academic, 24.2 percent general, and 20.2 percent vocational. Postsecondary dropouts numbered 264. Overall, 59.6 percent of all respondents would definitely/probably take the same curriculum. One important trend over time was the substantial increase in those expressing a desire to repeat their vocational program. (Eighteen tables are provided. Instruments are appended.) (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; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA.