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ERIC Number: ED440250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 151
Abstractor: N/A
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Attitudes of New High School Graduates toward Apprenticeship Careers as First Choice Vocations.
Scharfenberg, Murray Arthur
The attitudes of new high school graduates toward apprenticeship careers as first-choice vocations were examined in a survey of 70 students who were randomly selected from the graduating classes of 5 high schools in northeastern Alberta. Twenty students participated in focus group interview sessions, and 50 students completed questionnaires. Twenty-eight positive and 19 negative attitudes influencing respondents' career choice were identified. The following factors appeared to have the biggest influences on respondents' career choice: interest, money, and amount of schooling required. The respondents appeared to have devoted little research or time to their career decisions, and most had little or no knowledge, awareness, or interest in the career opportunities available through apprenticeship training. It was suggested that the academic versus vocational paradigm that has influenced the decision-making process in Alberta's schools for many years is the primary reason for students' general lack of awareness of apprenticeship careers. (Twenty-one tables/figures are included. The bibliography contains 50 references. Appended are the following: table detailing trades and occupations by designation status in Alberta; Alberta high school diploma graduation requirements; compulsory and optional certification trades; letters of invitation and consent to participate in the study; ethics review; participant information sheet; and the research study questionnaire.) (MN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada