Harris, E. Edward (Earl Edward), 1931-||Maxwell, Lyle
M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)
Department of Business Education
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the State of Illinois approved secondary school cooperative office education programs. The major objectives of the study were to determine: (1) the employment status of cooperative office education graduates; (2) the extent graduates remain in the office occupations; (3) the extent graduates remain with their training stations as full-time office employees; (4) the adequacy of training received by cooperative office education graduates; (5) the extent graduates remain in the same community in which they received their cooperative office education training; (6) the extent graduates continue their education following graduation from high school; (7) the extent graduates study office occupations during their post-high school education; and (8) the extent graduates value their cooperative office education experiences. Secondary school cooperative office education programs, which had been in operation for at least one school year and were approved by the Illinois State Board of Vocational Education, were identified in the northern twenty-one counties, excluding the city of Chicago. The effectiveness of the cooperative office education programs was determined through the use of a questionnaire which was mailed to a total of 200 selected cooperative office education graduates from the classes of 1962, 1964, and 1967. A total of 146 questionnaires were returned, representing a 73 per cent return. The significant findings and conclusions of this study were as follows: (1) the majority of graduates secure employment in the office occupations immediately following graduation; (2) a high percentage of graduates remain with their training stations as full-time office employees; (3) the cooperative office education program adequately prepares students to perform successfully as a student-learner and to obtain initial job entry; (4) the cooperative office education program is not adequately preparing students for their long-range needs for job advancement and for the office activities of future full-time office employment; (5) a high percentage of graduates are expected to use both the manual and electric typewriter, type legal documents, typo inter-office memoranda, prepare minutes of meetings, type manuscripts, type business letters, type tabulation material, prepare offset masters, type from rough draft copy, compose business correspondence, answer the telephone and place calls, file, process incoming and outgoing mail, perform receptionist duties, operate the ten-key adding machine, operate the full-key adding machine, use copying machines, and supervise other workers; (6) the majority of graduates are given greater job responsibility during full-time office employment than as student-learners in cooperative office education; (7) a high percentage of graduates are responsible for supervising other office workers; (8) a high percentage of graduates do remain in the same community as the one in which they received their cooperative office education training; (9) a high percentage of graduates continue their education in office occupations following high school graduation; (10) graduates frequently work in the office occupations on a part-time basis to defray post-high school educational expenses; (11) graduates feel that the cooperative office education program is of great value and strongly recommend that other business students preparing for an office career enroll.
Boyd, Caroline Muns, "A follow-up study of cooperative office education graduates in the northern twenty-one counties of the State of Illinois" (1968). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 309.
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