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Title:The education and work history of female nontraditional program completers: A follow-up study
Author(s):Hart, Sharon Yvonne
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Griggs, Mildred B.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Community College
Women's Studies
Education, Guidance and Counseling
Education, Higher
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to examine program satisfaction and work histories of 1985-86 traditional and nontraditional A.A.S. graduates of the Wisconsin Technical College System five years after program completion. Research emphasis was focused on comparing selected experiences of female nontraditional program graduates with those of male traditional and nontraditional and female traditional program graduates. Factors related to program satisfaction, employment status, career/education relatability, career advancement, number of jobs, job location, and income were examined.
Data for the study were collected via a self-administered questionnaire survey developed by the Wisconsin Technical College System and administered to graduates five years after program completion. The study population consisted of 4,941 1985-86 Wisconsin Technical College System graduates who completed A.A.S. programs. An overall response rate of 52% was achieved.
Significant differences between female nontraditional program completers and the other three groups, in regard to selected perceptions and experiences, were determined by Chi-square and analysis of variance.
There was no significant difference between nontraditional female graduates and their male traditional and nontraditional and female traditional counterparts in the following areas: importance of education in beginning careers; employment status; education/career relatability; advancement; number of jobs held; and job location. Significant differences were demonstrated in inclination to recommend vocational education program and in income. Female graduates of nontraditional programs were more likely to recommend their program to others than were the other groups. Male graduates of traditional programs earned significantly more than female graduates of the same programs and male nontraditional and female traditional program graduates.
This research suggests female graduates of A.A.S. programs which are nontraditional for their gender experience a similar rate of success in their career pursuit as do male and female completers of traditional A.A.S. programs and male completers of nontraditional A.A.S. programs.
Results of this study may be used to improve nontraditional career preparation by providing educators and counselors with information regarding the education and work histories of female nontraditional program graduates. In addition, the information may be useful to those involved in advancing the concept of equal education and employment opportunities.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Hart, Sharon Yvonne
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9543603
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9543603

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