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ERIC Number: ED352489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Motivational Orientations of Vocational-Technical Education Graduates in Off-Campus Credit Programs.
Gordon, Howard R. D.
A study was conducted to determine the motivation for nontraditional students' participation in the off-campus credit programs leading to a master's degree in vocational-technical education at Marshall University (West Virginia). The population for this study consisted of all 319 vocational-technical education (VTE) master's degree recipients for the years 1982-1991 who participated in off-campus degree programs in VTE at the university. Data were collected through a mailed survey that used a Likert-like scale to rank six factors: social contact, social stimulation, professional advancement, community service, external expectations, and cognitive interest as motivators. A total of 175 usable responses (55 percent) was received after initial mailing and follow-up. The study showed that the 175 degree recipients (most of whom were white and 30-34 years of age when they participated in the program) were more influenced in enrolling for professional advancement and cognitive interest reasons; they were least likely to be enrolled for social contact, social stimulation, and external expectations. Women were more likely than men to be enrolled for professional advancement and cognitive interest. Respondents aged 50-54 were more inclined to enroll for professional advancement, cognitive interest, community service, and external expectations reasons. Based on the study, recommendations were made to increase enrollment of nonwhite persons in the off-campus credit programs, to make program planners aware of the importance of professional development in student motivation, and to use cognitive interest factors to provide direction in programming decisions. (Contains 10 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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