ERIC Number: ED437583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Vocational Education in the United States: Toward the Year 2000. Statistical Analysis Report.
Levesque, Karen; Lauen, Doug; Teitelbaum, Peter; Alt, Martha; Librera, Sally
The National Center for Education Statistics conducted a comprehensive analysis of the current context of vocational education (VE), employer perspectives on VE, trends in secondary and postsecondary VE, the academic preparation of students participating in VE, relevant school reform efforts, and VE students' transitions after high school. Among the main findings of the analysis were: (1) most employers of employees who had participated in work-based learning reported that those employees were superior to comparable new employees in terms of productivity and attitude; (2) high school students' participation in VE generally declined between 1982-1994; (3) the academic preparation of high school students participating in VE increased in 1982-1994; (4) vocational concentrators had lower overall rates of postsecondary completion than their peers; (5) vocational concentrators were more likely to be in the labor force 2 years after graduation than their college preparatory peers were; and (6) vocational concentrators and students completing general coursework in high school had similar labor market outcomes 10 years after graduation from high school. (Appendixes constituting approximately 50% of this report contain the following: 116 standard error tables; data sources and technical notes; and glossary. (Contains 37 references and 161 tables/figures.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Academic Persistence, Articulation (Education), Change Strategies, College Bound Students, Economic Change, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Employer Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Employment Qualifications, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Surveys, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Market, Noncollege Bound Students, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Tables (Data), Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Experience, Technological Literacy, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Work Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Project Officer is Dawn Nelson.