The objectives of this study were: (1) To study vocational interest of the students studying at Secondary level with reference to the vocational courses running in the state. (2) To investigate socio-economic conditions of the subject under study and to know their relationship with vocational interest. (3) To find out the academic achievements of sample students and to know their relationship with vocational interest.
Chi-square and correlation techniques were used for analyzing the data.
The findings were: (1) Nearly 4/5th of the students took interest in the vocational courses running in the state while the percentage of students not taking interest was 1.4 which is negligible. The percentage of students who were neutral to these courses is only 19.2. (2) Boys and girls both showed almost equal level of liking for the vocational courses so far as high degree of interest is concerned, the girls had a slight edge over boys. (3) More than ¾th population of the Secondary students in Rajasthan State took interest in the 20 vocational courses running in the State except the ability of elaboration where the difference between male and female was significant at 0.02 level (t=2.66 26, d f 180). (4) Near about half of the total Secondary students of Rajasthan (46.8%) come under the broad category of global field perceptual performers or field dependent cognitive style. On the other hand, less than ¼ of the total students (22.78%) possess analytical field perceptual performers or field independent cognitive style and the remaining percentage (30.43%) of students possess average or field central cognitive style.
Keyword(s): Vocational Interest, Socio-Economic , Academic Achievement