ERIC Number: ED361552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Voices from School and Home: Arkansas Parents and Students Talk about Preparing for the World of Work and the Potential for Youth Apprenticeship. A Report on Focus Group Discussions.
Jobs for the Future, Inc., West Somerville, MA.
This report summarizes several group discussions with parents of high school students, high school students, and nursing students regarding the world of work and the advantages and disadvantages of a youth apprenticeship program. Section I is an executive summary that describes the methodology, summarizes key attitudes toward youth apprenticeships based on eight focus groups with parents and students, and lists recommendations suggested by focus group findings. Section II offers a summary of the report's observations and recommendations, some of which are as follows: parents who do not expect their children to pursue a bachelor's degree support youth apprenticeship, are concerned about a program that separates their children, and believe that to expect 16-year-olds to make a commitment of several years is unrealistic; students are enthusiastic about the apprenticeship concept but are concerned about being able to leave the program if they decide the program is not for them; and nursing students are enthusiastic about youth apprenticeship. Sections III, IV, and V are detailed presentations of the observations of the parent group, high school student groups, and nursing student group. Finally, Section VI provides additional information on the methodology used to conduct the study. It describes the number of participants (7-12) in each group, how they were selected, and their demographic characteristics. (YLB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Apprenticeships, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Experiential Learning, Focus Groups, Group Discussion, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Nursing Education, Parent Attitudes, Skilled Occupations, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Inc., West Somerville, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas