ERIC Number: ED462622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The CTE/Academic Balance and Three Secondary Outcomes. In Brief: Fast Facts for Policy and Practice.
Wonacott, Michael E.
A study examined the outcomes of taking different balances of career and technical education (CTE) and academic courses. The study sample consisted of members of the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) who were eighth-graders in 1988. The study sample members were divided into four groups as follows: (1) academic concentrators (students completing only an academic concentration); (2) CTE concentrators (students completing only a CTE concentration); (3) dual concentrators (students completing both an academic and a CTE concentration); and (4) nonconcentrators (students completing neither concentration). According to NELS:88 records, the four groups constituted 36.5%, 18.94%, 6.23%, and 38.29% (respectively) of the 10,408 sample members remaining at the time of the study. From the standpoint of academic achievement, the academic concentrators ranked first, the dual concentrators ranked second, the nonconcentrators ranked third, and the CTE concentrators ranked fourth. The lowest risk of dropping out occurred when students completed three Carnegie units of CTE for every four of academic subjects. Risk of dropping out increased as the CTE/academic ratio got smaller or larger. Academic concentrators were most likely to pursue postsecondary education (87%), whereas CTE concentrators were least likely (56%). CTE concentrators were most likely to be in paid employment (93%), whereas academic concentrators were least likely to work (88%). (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Academic Persistence, Comparative Analysis, Course Selection (Students), Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Enrollment Influences, Integrated Curriculum, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.