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Vocational Education in the United States: The Early 1990s. NCES 95-024

Citation

Levesque, K., Premo, M., Vergun, R., Emanuel, D., Klein, S., Henke, R., ... Houser, J. (1995). Vocational Education in the United States: The Early 1990s. NCES 95-024. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

Abstract

With passage of the School-to-Work Opportunities Act (STWOA) of 1994, national attention has turned to the systems in place in this country for educating and training people for work. Historically, vocational education has made up the lion’s share of such efforts. This publication provides educators, policymakers, and researchers with the most current data on the vocational education enterprise and some data that are available on other school-to-work activities. Specifically, the publication addresses the following questions:
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- What is vocational education?
- How widespread is participation in vocational education?
- What types of vocational education do students take?
- Do students take coherent sequences of vocational courses?
- To what extent do students with different demographic characteristics participate in vocational education?
- To what extent do students who are disadvantaged or have disabilities participate in vocational education?
- How much academic preparation do vocational coursetakers receive?
- What outcomes are associated with participation in vocational education?
- What other school-to-work programs do schools and institutions offer?