ERIC Number: ED351600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Participation in Secondary Vocational Education, 1982-87. Contractor Report. Statistical Analysis Report.
Hoachlander, E. Gareth
Information about the courses taken by high school seniors in 1982 and 1987 was analyzed. Data for 1982 came from the high school transcripts collected for the sophomore cohort of High School and Beyond. Data for 1987 came from the high school transcripts of a national sample of 1987 high school seniors in the High School Transcript Study of 1987. Analyses showed the following: (1) in both 1982 and 1987, 98 percent of all high school graduates completed at least one vocational course at some time during high school; (2) between 1982 and 1987, high school students increased the number of academic Carnegie units earned by taking additional courses rather than substituting academic for vocational or other courses; and (3) in 1987, there was no difference between white and black high school graduates in number of units accumulated in vocational education. The amount of vocational education taken by students varied greatly. Business programs were the most popular vocational programs; other programs in descending order of popularity were as follows: trade and industry, technical and communication, occupational home economics, marketing and distribution, agriculture, and health. In both years, as the amount of vocational education taken by students increased, students tended to take fewer units of advanced English, math, science, fine arts, and foreign language. (Eight tables and five figures are provided. Appendixes include methodology and technical notes, standard errors and unweighted Ns, and 21 supplementary tables.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, Educational Research, Elective Courses, Enrollment Influences, High School Graduates, High School Seniors, High Schools, Student Educational Objectives, Student Interests, Student Participation, Vocational Education
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.