ERIC Number: ED453363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Promising Outcomes for Tech Prep Participants in Eight Local Consortia: A Summary of Initial Results.
Bragg, Debra D.
A study examined eight local consortia identified as mature Tech Prep implementers. The four-year research used a mixed-method longitudinal design involving repeated field visits, short and long interviews of key stakeholders, classroom observations, and document review and analysis. About 4,700 Tech Prep and non-Tech Prep participants were selected for a causal-comparative study of students' educational and employment outcomes, with 2 or 3 panels of high school graduates from 4 academic years per consortium. Mid-point findings showed Tech Prep centered on secondary education with goals and policies broadening and target populations shifting toward all students; consortia increasingly linked Tech Prep to state-level efforts to raise academic standards and enhance academic course-taking; core curriculum occurred in many forms, including starting at grade 9 rather than 11 and extending to the bachelor's degree; students' math course-taking varied across sites; teacher and counselor training was a prominent element in all consortia; preparatory services were conceptualized and implemented in different ways; all consortia experienced an increase in Tech Prep student enrollment; at least 65 percent of Tech Prep participants enrolled in some form of postsecondary education; and Tech Prep participants were more likely to be working. (Case studies of each consortium are provided. (Contains 17 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Articulation (Education), Comparative Analysis, Consortia, Educational Improvement, Employment Patterns, Enrollment, Integrated Curriculum, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Staff Development, Student Employment, Tech Prep
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.