ERIC Number: ED346325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of Latino Experiences in Vocational Education: Implications for Educational Policy and Reform in Massachusetts.
The reported participation rates and status of Latinos in vocational-technical education programs approved by the Massachusetts Board of Education were reviewed. The study was restricted to persons in grades 9-12 during the 1990-91 school year. Fifteen members of a panel were also interviewed regarding their understanding of Latino experiences in the state's vocational education system. Panel members were familiar with various aspects of public schooling and vocational education. Findings indicated that a large number of Latino students were enrolled in various kinds of vocational technical education programs and schools. Interviewees reported potential problems in recruiting Latinos, e.g., tracking of students of color into lower-skilled curriculum paths and a community perception of vocational education as a "dumping ground." Very few Latino students were enrolled in postsecondary and postgraduate vocational education programs. Interviewees reported a high degree of dissatisfaction regarding the number of Latino or bilingual personnel. Topics for further examination were suggested, including increased recruitment and retention of Latino students, increased number of Latino staff members and role models, effective measurement of the status and assessment of Latino students' needs, increased parental and community participation in vocational education, and use of vocational education to teach appreciation of a multicultural learning environment. (19 endnotes) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Attitudes, Educational Discrimination, Educational Research, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, High Schools, Postsecondary Education, Racial Discrimination, School Statistics, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Educational Objectives, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Mauricio Gaston Inst. for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston, MA. William Monroe Trotter Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts