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ERIC Number: ED518742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 54
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
Factors That Influence Participation in Secondary Vocational Education. MPR Reference No. 8879-400
Agodini, Roberto; Uhl, Stacey; Novak, Timothy
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
This study examines the factors that influence participation in vocational education among students who attended high school during the early 1990s--that is, when the focus of federal vocational education policy began to change. The factors examined included three types of characteristics of students, their parents, and their high schools: (1) demographics; (2) behaviors; and (3) expectations. The influence of each characteristic is assessed by examining the difference in vocational education participation rates among students who do and do not possess the characteristic, adjusted for other differences between students that may affect participation. Results were examined for overall 1992 high school graduates and for three subgroups: (1) students in the lowest third of eighth-grade math and reading achievement; (2) students who attended a high school where more than half of the students received a free or reduced-priced lunch; and (3) students who, before starting high school, were not planning to pursue any type of postsecondary education. The results are organized and presented in table form in appendix B. Appendix A contains "The National Education Longitudinal Study and Our Analysis File." (Contains 7 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED), Planning and Evaluation Service
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.