ERIC Number: ED445266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
High School Career Academies: A Pathway to Educational Reform in Urban School Districts?
Maxwell, Nan L.; Rubin, Victor
This book examines the capacity of the career academy--one of the initiatives spawned by the school-to-work movement--to address academic reform in terms of increased education and workplace skills. Qualitative data collected as part of a 7-year local evaluation of career academies and a data set that contains transcript data on a population of three cohorts of public high school students with a survey of the students' plans for after high school were used to conduct the analysis. Chapter 1 discusses the historical trends and social conditions that led to the emergence of school-to-work educational reforms. Chapter 2 outlines the methods used to answer the questions about the ability of career academies to meet educational reform needs. Chapter 3 shows how the economic and education-related problems in one city led to adopting the career academy model as the primary focus of high school reform. The next two chapters present multivariate findings from the quantitative analysis, including (Chapter 4) the overall impact of career academies on postsecondary education and labor market outcomes and (Chapter 5) the impact of the career academy as it unfolds in various school environments. Chapter 6 contains a summary and policy implications of the research, concluding that career academies can be quite effective at facilitating postsecondary educational success for their students, with two cautions: (1) the career academy must build academic knowledge and skills in high schools; and (2) the career academy strategy may not be appropriate in all high schools or for all students. (Contains 138 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Career Academies, Career Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Qualitative Research, School Business Relationship, Vocational Education
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 300 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Tel: 616-343-4330, Fax: 616-343-7310, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web site: http://www.upjohninst.org (ISBN: 0-88099-214-X, (cloth) $35; ISBN: 0-88099-213-1 (paper) $17).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/80637
IES Cited: ED493661