A comparative study of instructional goals and objectives for selected secondary cooperative work experience programs Public Deposited

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  • STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM The problem studied was whether there exist significant differences between the perceived knowledge obtained by former secondary cooperative work experience students as compared to the instructional goals and objectives of these programs as identified by the Oregon State Department of Education. THE PROCEDURE The problem as it is identified above was divided into three phases. The first phase was identification and classification of the instructional goals and objectives that the Oregon State Department of Education had established for secondary cooperative work experience programs. The second phase of this study was to verify that the eight Oregon secondary schools that participated in this study were in agreement with the instructional goals and objectives for cooperative work experience programs as had previously been identified. The third phase of this study was an investigation of the perceived opinions held by former students of Oregon secondary cooperative work experience programs about the actual effects the identified instructional goals and objectives have had. A mail survey questionnaire was used to gather the data. The sample for the study consisted of 80 males and 126 females who were seniors enrolled during the 1970-71 school year in a cooperative work experience program in the eight Oregon high schools agreeing to participate in this study. The F statistic was used to analyze contrast among the mean scores for each criterion variable statement with the .05 level of significance being used to determine differences existing between the two groups of male and female. Demographic data was compiled into tables for interpretation of the personal characteristics of the response population. SELECTED FINDINGS The analysis of variance test indicated that the two groups were alike in their responses to the criterion variable statements contained in the questionnaire. Significant differences at the .05 level did not occur in any of the criterion variable statements employed to test the null-hypothesis. Other selected findings of importance were: - Secondary cooperative work experience programs, as they have been offered in Oregon, were accomplishing a majority of the instructional goals and objectives which had been identified. A majority of former students surveyed believed they learned and benefited from the programs. - Former students of these programs were more successful in obtaining and maintaining employment in comparison to the total state population of youths under 25 years old. -A majority of females surveyed got their first job in the exact same area as their training. -Two years after leaving high school a majority of the females surveyed were still employed in areas related to their cooperative work experience training. The testing of the mean scores indicated that the two groups surveyed were similar in their responses. The hypothesis were retained in all of the criterion variable statements. The general acceptance of the hypothesis by the surveyed population may be interpreted as representing the entire population of all former senior students enrolled in Oregon secondary work experience programs during the 1970-71 school year. SELECTED RECOMMENDATIONS The author would recommend that a validation study be repeated at a future date. Other areas needing research are methods of improving coordination between student interests and/or vocational training and the actual placement in related work stations. Further research is needed in how the secondary cooperative work experience programs can be made more effective and efficient in placing students on jobs after leaving high school that are directly related to their training experience. The evidence presented in this study has implications that need to be investigated by all personnel concerned with Oregon secondary cooperative work experience programs. These are implications that should be of interest to administrators of secondary vocational programs.
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