Crank, Floyd L.||Crank, Doris H.
M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)
Department of Business Education
The purpose of this study was to make a follow-up study of the graduates of Lockport West High School (now Romeoville High School) for the years 1968, 1969, 1970, and 1971, to determine if the business education program at Romeoville High School is meeting the vocational and personal needs of the business education graduates. To accomplish the purpose of this study, it was necessary to answer the following questions: (l) What degree of value do the business education graduates place on the vocational-use and personal-use courses taken in high school. (2) What kind of job duties were performed by the graduates on their first job. (3) Were the business education graduates adequately prepared for the duties that had to be performed on their first job. (4) What were the job titles held by the graduates on their first job. (5) What post-high school training was received by the business education graduates. As a means of gathering data for use in this survey, the questionnaire survey method was employed. Questionnaires were sent to the 1968, 1969, 1970, and 1971 graduates of Lockport West High School who completed a minimum of four semesters of course work in the Business Education Department. Questionnaires were mailed to 488 graduates. Questionnaires were received from 247 (50.6 per cent) of the graduates. The findings of greatest importance were: 1. Over 50 per cent of the graduates who took Typewriting I, Typewriting II, Office Practice, and Office Occupations indicated that these courses were of great value for on-the-job use. 2. Over 50 per cent of the graduates who took Typewriting I, Typewriting II, and Office Occupations indicated that these courses had great personal-use value. 3. The most frequently mentioned business courses which were offered that graduates wish they had taken (but did not take) for personal use were Bookkeeping, Consumer Economics, Record Keeping, Shorthand I, Business English (dropped from the curriculum after 1969-70), and Business Law. 4. The most frequently mentioned business courses which were offered that graduates wish they had taken (but did not take) for on-the-job use were Shorthand II, Office Occupations (dropped from the curriculum after 1969-70), Data Processing, Bookkeeping, Business English, Shorthand I, Office Practice,' and Record Keeping. 5. The types of office duties performed most frequently by graduates on their first job were related office duties, office machines duties, and typewriting duties. 6. The most frequent bookkeeping duties performed by graduates on their first job were making original entries, posting, and keeping a set of books. 7. The most frequent typewriting duties performed by graduates on their first job were typing envelopes, typing letters, and typing on printed forms. 8. The shorthand duties performed most frequently by graduates on their first job were taking dictation, taking notes at meetings, and taking messages over the phone. 9. The related office duties performed most frequently by graduates on their first job were telephone duties, filing duties, and handling mail. 10. The office machines used most frequently by graduates on their first job were the electric typewriter, photocopy equipment, and the non-electric typewriter. 11. Over 50 per cent of the graduates who performed typewriting duties, shorthand duties, related office duties, and office machines duties indicated that the training that they received for these duties was adequate. Based on the findings of this study, it was concluded that the Business Education Department of Romeoville High School is, for the most part, meeting the personal needs and the vocational needs of the business education graduates.
Gorman, Kenneth Lee, "A follow-up study of the business education graduates of Lockport West High School, 1968-1971" (1972). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 317.
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