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Harris, E. Edward (Earl Edward), 1931-||Crank, Floyd L.

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Education


Business education--Illinois--Villa Park; Office practice


The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the Cooperative Office Occupations Program at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Illinois. The major objectives of this study were to determine (l) the number of cooperative office occupations graduates who remain in the office occupations; (2) the employment status of the graduates; (3) the number of graduates who remain at their training stations as fulltime employees; (4) the number of graduates who leave their employment to further their education; and, of these continuing their education, the number who majored in the office field; (5) the adequacy of the training received by the graduates in the cooperative office occupations class as well as in other classes taken during high school; and (6) the extent graduates value the cooperative office occupations program. Ninety-five graduates of the cooperative office occupations program were identified for the years 1965 through 1970. Each graduate was telephoned to determine the current names and/or addresses. Twenty-four of the addresses could not be located. A cover letter and questionnaire were then sent to each graduate for which an address could be obtained. A total of 50 usable questionnaires were returned which represented a 52.6 per cent return. From the information received in the questionnaires, the following conclusions appear to be valid: (l) most graduates in the cooperative office occupations program appear to leave their training stations and a higher percentage of them appear to take positions where more money or greater advancement possibilities are available; (2) cooperative office occupations graduates are adequately prepared to participate as student learners and for initial job entry; they are also adequately prepared to advance in the office occupations field; (3) the office activities performed by the graduates in the cooperative office occupations program reveal the following trends--a decrease in the use of the manual typewriter, several business machines, and in the number of employees using shorthand; and an increase in the use of the electric and Executive Typewriters, photocopying equipment, transcribing equipment and data processing equipment; (4) the cooperative office occupations program is of great value because it meets students' needs; (5) there are more advantages than disadvantages connected with enrolling in the cooperative office occupations program; and (6) the cooperative office occupations program helps students gain the necessary practical office experience.


Includes bibliographical references.


2, vi, 87 pages




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