Black Americans and Vocational Education: Participation in the 1980s

C. L. Arnold, K. A. Levesque

This report analyzes the status and outcomes of Black Americans in secondary and postsecondary vocational education as students and teachers during the 1980s. In addition, the historical relationship between Black Americans and vocational education is reviewed. Using the most recent national data sets, the participation and completion patterns of Black Americans in vocational education overall and in particular programs are described and compared to white students. Differences between Black American and white students within socioeconomic levels and gender are also examined. The report is intended for policymakers and educators who are interested in the participation of Black Americans in vocational education.

MDS-308 / January 1993

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