ERIC Number: ED392973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in Participation in Secondary Vocational Education: 1982-1992. Statistical Analysis Report.
Tuma, John; Burns, Shelley K.
Trends in participation in secondary vocational education from 1982 through 1992 were identified by analyzing the following four transcript data sets: High School and Beyond (1982 graduates); National Assessment of Educational Progress 1987 High School Transcript Study; National Assessment of Educational Progress 1990 High School Transcript Study; and National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988. Special attention was paid to general course-taking patterns among public high school graduates, detailed trends in vocational course taking, and relationships between vocational and academic course taking. Among the study's main conclusions were the following: (1) vocational students completed more academic coursework and more advanced academic coursework in 1992 than in 1982; (2) participation in high-technology programs did not increase significantly between 1982 and 1992; (3) students' participation in vocational programs that are nontraditional for their gender did not increase significantly during the period studied, although gender disparities did decrease somewhat because of declines in rate of program participation by the predominant gender group in certain fields; (4) vocational education programs appear to be accessible to students with disabilities; and (5) participation in secondary-level vocational education is becoming increasingly diffuse. (Contains 18 tables/figures. Appended are 17 standard error tables, a glossary, and technical notes.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.