ERIC Number: ED362787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Variables that May Affect COC Attendance over a Three Year High School Career (1990-1993). Evaluation Report 1992-1993.
Claus, Richard N.; And Others
A study focused on 10th-grade students for the 1990-91 school year at Arthur Hill and Saginaw High Schools, Michigan, to examine system-related problems in course selection/scheduling that may decrease student enrollments at the Averill Career Opportunities Center (COC). A random sample consisted of 316 of 472 regular education students at the 2 schools. Three major research questions guided the study: whether course passage history affected decisions to attend COC; whether students with a 2.51 or greater grade point average (GPA) enrolled in COC more often than students with lower GPAs; and whether students with better average hourly attendance enrolled in COC more often. Results of chi-square statistical test analyses indicated deterrents to enrollment at COC were passage of the language arts requirement, success at or above a certain level, full load schedules, and 2.51 or higher GPA. The tendency to attend COC was not the same for the major racial/ethnic groupings or both genders. Students with a lower than average hourly attendance record enrolled in COC more often. Recommendations were a limitation on the amount of competing electives, consistency between high schools in titling courses, effective high school attendance policies, alternatives to meet requirements, and consistent recordkeeping. (The 18-page report is followed by these appendixes: 17 references and 62 data tables that present chi-square statistical test results.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance Patterns, Attendance Records, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, Elective Courses, Enrollment Influences, Grade Point Average, Grade 10, High School Students, High Schools, Required Courses, Student Educational Objectives, Student Interests, Success, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools, Vocational Training Centers
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.