"Their Chances? Slim and None": An Ethnographic Account of the Experiences of Low-Income People of Color in a Vocational Program and at Work

G. Hull

Much current research on vocational education is quantitative and top-down, judging, for example, the outcomes of programs as measured by dropout rates and job placement. This document follows a different path. Students from a Banking and Finance program were interviewed about their experiences in school and at work. This document argues that the unquestioned connection between the acquisition and possession of basic skills and the opportunity to display and use them for advancement is "shot full of holes" and that other factors must be examined.

MDS-155 / November 1992

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