ERIC Number: ED383906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Voices of Diversity in Emerging Vocationalism: Student Perspectives on School Climate.
Hernandez-Gantes, Victor M.; And Others
With growing population diversity a feature of both the work force and the schools, a study was conducted to explore what implications diversity has for school preparation. Data from a national longitudinal study of students enrolled in both secondary and postsecondary programs featuring emerging vocationalism (programs featuring tech prep, integrated academic-vocational learning, or career academies) were used to describe the students' perspectives and experiences as they enter, participate, and graduate from these programs. A modified grounded theory approach was used in the research. A representative sample of 82 students enrolled in 5 secondary programs representing different curriculum orientations (business, manufacturing, science and technology), location, size, and students with different backgrounds identified several aspects of school climate that were important: a supportive environment, exposure and access to a variety of curriculum opportunities, a conducive environment, and high expectations for students and teachers. Such schools create a sense of ownership and belonging while providing a challenging and interesting curriculum. Such schools can be expected to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. (Descriptions of the five study sites and 20 references are included in the report). (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).