ERIC Number: ED465876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Search for Effects of High Schools' Work-Related Programs on Early Employment Success in the New Economy.
Sanders, Nicholas M.
The empirical basis for expectations that employer involvement in high school programs contributes to early employment success in today's economy was explored by using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS) survey for 1992, when students were sampled in their senior year, and data for 1994, when follow-up interviews with the same students were conducted. Early employment success was indicated by earnings in the first calendar year after grade 12. Ordinary least squares regression was used to build two annual earnings models--one for the subsample that was primarily in the workforce (the W population) and the other for the sample that was primarily in postsecondary education (the PSE population). The number of high school programs that involved employers did not contribute to early employment success; however, the number of other work-related high school programs did contribute to earnings, albeit only in the PSE populations. Concentration in vocational education during senior year did have an earnings payoff in the first full calendar year after high school, albeit not for males in the PSE population. The racial and gender gaps were significantly lower in the PSE sample than in the W sample. (The bibliography lists 22 references. Information about the NELS variables and their sources is appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Economic Change, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, High Schools, Higher Education, Job Skills, Least Squares Statistics, Literature Reviews, Longitudinal Studies, Models, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Racial Differences, Salary Wage Differentials, School Business Relationship, Sex Differences, Skill Development, Success, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Temple Univ., Philadelphia. Center for Research in Human Development and Education.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.