The study set out to determine the effects of Career Technical Education Career Academy participation on student outcome measures in a high minority urban school district. Three research questions explored student participation in career academies and student outcomes in the area of grade point average, credit completion and/or attendance rates. The three research questions investigated in this study were: 1) What are the effects of CTE on student achievement, grade point average, credit completion, and attendance rates? 2) Does the amount of time in the CTE program affect the dependent variables of grade point average, credit completion, and attendance rate? 3) Does the CTE academy affect the dependent variables of grade point average, credit completion, and attendance rates? The quasi-experimental design, which matched Career Technical Education participants and non-participants according to various demographic variables, allowed the researcher to control for variables that usually impact grade point average, credit completion and attendance rates. The matching and labeling of CTE participants and non-participants occurred prior to students' participation in an academy. The results of this study adds to a relatively small body of research which examines the impact of Career Technical Education programs implemented in thousands of high schools across the country. Multiple regression was run and results concluded that participation in Career Technical Education significantly impacts grade point average and credit completion rates. However the amount of time in an academy only affected grade point average and the academy students participated in did not have an impact any of the student outcomes measured in this study. Further studies of similar design which measure student outcomes should be performed to confirm or deny the results of this study.
|School:||California State University, Fullerton|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Secondary education, Vocational education|
|Keywords:||Student outcomes, Technical education|
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