Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

On-Time Graduation of Career and Technical Education Concentrators in Arizona
by Jaime, Laura Eileen, Ed.D., Grand Canyon University, 2017, 155; 10603371
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative causal-comparative study was to examine the effect that Career and Technical Education (CTE) concentrators, non-CTE concentrators and academic concentrators have on the on-time graduation of 1035 high school students in 7 high schools in Arizona for the 2015–2016 school year. There were three research questions that drove this study: 1) What effect does CTE concentration and non-CTE concentration have on on-time graduation? 2) What effect does CTE concentration and academic concentration have on on-time graduation? And 3) What effect does non-CTE concentration and academic concentration have on on-time graduation? The theoretical foundation for this study was social cognitive theory with a focus on academic self-efficacy. The research questions were addressed using a chi-squared analysis and binary logistic regression (logit). The Chi-square test showed that there is a statistically significant association between CTE concentrators and on-time graduation χ 2 (1) = .15.893, p = .000. On-time graduation was not independent of CTE program completion for CTE concentrators and non-CTE concentrators, but on-time graduation was associated with program status. The binary logistic regression (logit), showed that CTE concentrators were 4.088 times, R2 = .061, p = .000, and non-CTE concentrators were 1.907 times, R 2 = .015, p = .047, more likely to have higher on-time graduation over academic concentrators. These findings suggest that students who take or complete a CTE program will graduate on-time.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Simpson, Joanne
Commitee: Barksdale, Kevin, Mulcahy, John
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational administration, Education, Vocational education
Keywords: Career and technical education, On-time graduation, Self-efficacy
Publication Number: 10603371
ISBN: 978-0-355-15243-2
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