Publication Date


Document Type


First Advisor

Schmidt, Wesley I.||Miller, Carroll H. (Carroll Hiram), 1907-

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Education


High schools--Alumni and alumnae; Counseling in secondary education


The follow-up study was conducted to aid in evaluating Waterman Community High School, Waterman, Illinois, in its role as a guiding institution in the occupational and educational endeavors of its graduates. The questionnaire method for gathering data was used. The study was limited to the graduates of Waterman Community High School for the years 1956 through 1963 inclusive. All the graduates were contacted except five who could not be located. Of the 222 questionnaires mailed, 134 or 60.36 per cent returned the questionnaire. It was found that fifty per cent of the responding graduates attended college and thirty-two per cent received some technical training, showing that eighty-two per cent of Waterman Community High School's graduates furthered their training in some manner. Over eighty-eight per cent of the graduates were satisfied or very satisfied, with their present occupation, and ever seventy-one per cent were desirous of doing the same type of work five years from now. Comparisons were made relating further education to job desired in five years, feelings toward present job to desire at graduation, guidance for education to actual education, advice and preparation for further education to feeling toward present job, help and training for present job in relation to job desired at graduation, and the provision of guidance to help that the school could have provided. The students' opinions as to how well the high school provided specific aspects of guidance and a summarization of how well the high school prepared the graduate for life in general were also acquired. It was found that the graduates generally felt their high school did a rather adequate job in most areas of education and felt that a continuing effort should be made to improve the area of guidance in the high school. Further studies need to be conducted with specific emphasis toward guidance to determine the extent to which the current part-time guidance practice should be enlarged to a full-time effort.


Includes bibliographical references.


viii, 58 pages




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