ERIC Number: ED413431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-31
Understanding Attitudes about School-to-Career. A Review of Public Opinion Data.
Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.; A-Plus Communications, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Public opinion regarding school-to-career programs was examined in two ways: a review of existing opinion data compiled by various national organizations and state and local school-to-career initiatives and a national survey of the attitudes of 1,200 registered voters. Although few people were familiar with the school-to-career concept, those who were familiar with it supported it solidly. Most of those surveyed believed that their children would not need vocational or occupational skills; however, they did want vocational education maintained for "other" children who would not be going to college. It was also believed that the skills required for college are different from those required for work and the schools are not doing an adequate job of preparing students for work or college. School-to-career was viewed as vocational education rather than an approach that helps all students. Students favored adding a career emphasis to their curriculum, and they valued learning good work habits and practical job skills. Students and educators wanted to see more courses relevant to life after graduation. The study's implications for communicating effectively about the school-to-career concept were discussed. (Contains a 23-item annotated bibliography and a list of the 11 surveys reviewed for this study.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.; A-Plus Communications, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Note: Report for Jobs for the Future's National Leadership Forum on School-to-Career Transition, Pre-Conference Session on Public Engagement for School-to-Career (July 31, 1997).