Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Implementation of a replication model in the development of Walton Career Academy: A case study
by Koch, Diana, Ed.D., University of South Dakota, 2010, 157; 3427420
Abstract (Summary)

High school reform continues to be driven by an effort to academically engage today's students and prepare them with the skills to be competitive in a knowledge-based economy. Twenty-first century career and technical education (CTE) programs are required to meet state academic performance levels that offer the opportunity to blend academic and CTE curriculum, reinforcing the very skills that employers demand. An effective component of high school reform is the creation of career academies that design partnerships between education and business and provides the academic setting to fully engage students in rigorous and relevant education. This case study examined the usefulness of a replication model that guided the creation of the Walton Career Academy (WCA) in Monroe, GA.

Seven of the key stakeholders involved with the development of Walton Career Academy were interviewed with open-ended questions regarding their experience in the development of WCA and the usefulness of the replication model. The overarching research question that guided the study was; What did the key stakeholders responsible for organizing the development of Walton Career Academy do when implementing the replication model of the Central Educational Center? The participant interview responses are described in narrative text and an inductive method was applied for analysis and interpretation of the data. Results are presented with emerging themes and sub-themes described in narrative text and supported by corroborative participant responses. In addition, archived data from the creation of the WCA as well as post-implementation data was collected and analyzed to increase the confidence of the researcher's interpretation. The case study provides a detailed description of the development of the WCA guided by the intricacies of the Central Educational Center's replication model.

In conclusion, the key stakeholders found the CEC replication model to be an excellent resource that provided the framework for the development of Walton Career Academy. The model was flexible enough to allow for meeting local needs without minimizing its usefulness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Baron, Mark
Commitee: Bright, Larry, Santo, Susan, Yost, Rosanne
School: University of South Dakota
Department: Educational Administration
School Location: United States -- South Dakota
Source: DAI-A 72/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Secondary education, Vocational education
Keywords: Business-education partnerships, Career academy, Career and technical education, Georgia, High school reform, Replication model, Walton Career Academy
Publication Number: 3427420
ISBN: 978-1-124-31621-5
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