ERIC Number: ED352554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Black Americans and Vocational Education: Participation in the 1980s.
Arnold, Carolyn L.; Levesque, Karen A.
A study investigated the participation of black Americans in vocational education. Four national data sets were analyzed: "The High School and Beyond Surveys,""The 1987 High School Transcript Study,""The Schools and Staffing Survey of 1987," and "National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty." The analyses revealed the following: (1) at the secondary level, most black students were participating in vocational programs to the same extent as white students; (2) black high school students who took vocational courses tended to pursue postsecondary education regardless of the amount of vocational education they took; (3) at the postsecondary level, black students were just as likely as white students to attend public two-year institutions, but were less likely to take vocational courses or to be completing vocational or other associate degrees; and (4) black students who left college without a degree or certificate took similar numbers of vocational courses as did white noncompleters. Recommendations were made to collect information to determine the following: (1) the best strategies for increasing the participation of blacks in high school technical and communication programs and the participation of blacks from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in high school vocational education; and (2) why black postsecondary students were less likely than white students to take courses in agriculture, home economics, trade and industry, and computer programming. (Contains 43 references.) (CML)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Black Students, Blacks, Course Selection (Students), Educational Status Comparison, Enrollment Influences, High School Seniors, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Student Participation, 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.