ERIC Number: ED349412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Access to and Use of Vocational Education in Teen Parent Programs.
Zellman, Gail L.; And Others
This research study sought: (1) to examine the range of vocational education opportunities available to young mothers enrolled in teen parent programs; (2) to explore the degree of access to these opportunities; (3) to examine vocational education use; and (4) to assess the likely impact of the Family Support Act on teen parents and on the programs that serve them. Data were gathered through a telephone survey of 49 nationally representative school districts, through more intensive telephone interviews in 71 teen parent programs in those districts, and through site visits to 14 teen parent programs. Results of the study indicated that vocational education is available to more than half of the teen parents enrolled in teen parent programs, but that access to vocational education is often stymied by attitudes of students, lack of time, lack of child care flexibility, reluctance to leave the program site, and a lack of a clear sense of its importance. Despite strong beliefs among program staff that teen mothers must become economically self-sufficient, they may fail to push vocational education for reasons of their own, including concerns about interfering in personal decisions and conveying negative messages, beliefs in the primacy of parenting education, and sympathy for the many demands young mothers face. Only in those programs with a primary emphasis on job training did most teen parents connect with vocational education. From the data, it was unclear whether the Family Support Act will result in any additional services to parenting teens. (The report includes 91 references and an appendix that outlines the provisions of the Family Support Act.) (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Early Parenthood, Job Training, Mothers, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.; Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Support Act 1988