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ERIC Number: EJ1176345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Assessing the Quality of Upper-Secondary Vocational Education and Training: Evidence from China
Yi, Hongmei; Li, Guirong; Li, Liying; Loyalka, Prashant; Zhang, Linxiu; Xu, Jiajia; Kardanova, Elena; Shi, Henry; Chu, James
Comparative Education Review, v62 n2 p199-230 May 2018
An increasing number of policy makers in developing countries have made the mass expansion of upper-secondary vocational education and training (VET) a top priority. The goal of this study is to examine whether VET fulfills these objectives of building skills and abilities along multiple dimensions and further identify which school-level factors help vocational students build these skills and abilities. To fulfill this goal, we analyzed representative, longitudinal data that we collected on more than 12,000 students from 118 schools in one province of central China. First, descriptive analysis shows that approximately 90 percent of VET students do not make any gains in vocational or general skills. In addition, negative behaviors (misbehavior in the classroom, antisocial behavior, and other risky behaviors) are highly prevalent among VET students. A nontrivial proportion of student internships also fail to meet minimum government requirements for student safety and well-being. Perhaps as a result of these outcomes, more than 60 percent of students express dissatisfaction with their VET programs, as evidenced by either self-reports or dropping out. Finally, using a multilevel model, we find that school inputs (such as school size, teacher qualifications, and per pupil expenditures) are not correlated with vocational and general skill at the end of the school year, or student dropout in the academic year.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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