The purpose of this study was to determine the relationships between student perceptions of Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and retention in two technical high schools in Missouri. The findings from the study indicated that participants have positive perceptions of CTE in career preparation, college preparation, gaining practical experience, and building relationships with faculty. Conversely, participants indicated negative perceptions in their inability to balance attendance at two schools and a lack of interest in CTE programming. The implications for improvement include the creation of an exploratory program for all prospective students involving counselors in the recruitment and placement process and strengthening communication between the technical school and home school counselors. Other possible improvements include increasing opportunities for students to earn program certifications, adding a professional development workshop for educators from the technical schools and the home schools, and providing students with more tutorial services.
|Advisor:||Boyd, Vincent S.|
|Commitee:||Bumpers, Erica, Smith, Thomas|
|School:||Missouri Baptist University|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational psychology, Secondary education, Vocational education|
|Keywords:||Career technical education, Effects of student perceptions on retention, Perceptions, Retention in cte high schools, Student perceptions of cte|
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