ERIC Number: ED480711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Public High School Graduates Who Participated in Vocational/Technical Education: 1982-1998. E.D. Tabs.
Patterns and trends in the vocational-technical course taking of public high school graduates between 1982 and 1998 were examined in a study of high school transcripts for the graduating classes of 1982, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1998. The source data came from the following five studies: (1) High School and Beyond Sophomore Cohort, First Follow-up Survey, (2) High School Transcripts Study, 1982; (3) National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, Second Follow-up Survey; (4) High School Transcript Study, 1992; and (5) High School Transcript Studies of 1990, 1994, and 1998. The analysis revealed differences in participation in vocational-technical education based on the following variables: race/ethnicity; sex; disability status; English proficiency; academic achievement; and school urbanicity and poverty level. Generally, graduates took fewer vocational courses between 1982 and 1998, although their occupational course taking was relatively steady. Graduates with disabilities as of grade 12 took more vocational and occupational course work by the end of the period studied. Asians and Pacific Islanders and high academic achievers did not exhibit the declines in vocational course taking that were observed for other groups. (Fifty-four tables/figures are included. The bibliography lists 22 references. Appendixes constituting approximately 80% of the document contain the following items: 52 standard error tables; a glossary; and technical notes and a description of the study methodology.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Records, Course Selection (Students), Data Analysis, Educational Research, Enrollment Influences, Ethnic Groups, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, National Surveys, Participation, Public Schools, Role of Education, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.