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Title: Does Vocational Education Make a Difference? A Review of Previous Research and Reanalysis of National Longitudinal Data Sets
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1. Woods, Elinor M.
Haney, Walt
Does Vocational Education Make a Difference? A Review of Previous Research and Reanalysis of National Longitudinal Data Sets
Working Paper ERIC Document ED208254, National Institute of Education, Cambridge MA, The Huron Institute, 1981.
Also: http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED208254.pdf
Cohort(s): Young Men
Publisher: National Institute of Education, U.S.
Keyword(s): Education, Secondary; Educational Attainment; Educational Returns; Employment; High School Completion/Graduates; Job Knowledge; NLS of H.S. Class of 1972; Schooling; Test Scores/Test theory/IRT

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Designed to determine whether vocational education appears to make a difference in terms of a variety of outcomes, including opportunities for employment and advanced education and training, this report contains a review of previous national and non-national research concerning the effects of vocational education and a reanalysis of three national longitudinal data sets. The various methodological issues faced both in reviewing previous research and in reanalyzing national longitudinal data sets are discussed. Examined next are such characteristics of secondary vocational students and graduates as coursework taken, background, and test score differences. A variety of gainful employment outcomes associated with participation in secondary education programs is assessed, including employment status, employer satisfaction, job satisfaction, and self-employment. Also examined are occupational knowledge and skills, occupational advancement, and citizenship. Finally, these same student characteristics and outcome variables are examined with respect to postsecondary programs. The results of the research, as regards the title question, is a qualified "yes." Beyond that, an overall summary and a series of conclusions address the question in detail. Included in appendixes are descriptions of various survey samples, cross-tabular procedures and response procedures, and supplemental data on postsecondary enrollment patterns. (MN) Eric Document Number: ED208254
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Woods, Elinor M. and Walt Haney. "Does Vocational Education Make a Difference? A Review of Previous Research and Reanalysis of National Longitudinal Data Sets." Working Paper ERIC Document ED208254, National Institute of Education, Cambridge MA, The Huron Institute, 1981.