ERIC Number: ED448340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Changes in High School Vocational Coursetaking in a Larger Perspective. Stats in Brief.
Hurst, David; Hudson, Lisa
The decline in vocational coursetaking from 1982-1998 is relatively small compared to increases in academic coursetaking. The potential trade-off between academic and vocational coursetaking seems to have been mitigated by students taking more courses overall and fewer courses in the general curriculum. Further, the decline in vocational concentration is due primarily to declines in the trade and industry and business program areas, areas that roughly correspond to occupations that have experienced below average growth rates since the early 1980s. Health care; technology and communications; food service and hospitality; and child care and education are four vocational programs areas in which a larger proportion of students concentrated in 1998 than they did in 1982. All four programs prepare students for occupations that have experienced above-average growth rates. These findings suggest that changes in vocational coursetaking may at least in part reflect responses to labor market trends. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Allied Health Occupations Education, Child Care Occupations, Course Selection (Students), Employment Projections, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Food Service, High Schools, Hospitality Occupations, Labor Market, Student Educational Objectives, Technology Education, Trade and Industrial Education, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.