ERIC Number: ED473647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
What Do We Know about Career and Technical Education? Preliminary Findings from 2000 and 2001 NRCCTE Projects. Briefing Paper.
Stone, James R., III
In 2000 and 2001, the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education conducted a series of projects on career and technical education (CTE) practices, trends and outcomes. Selected preliminary findings from a review of the reports on those projects are as follows: (1) integration of CTE and academic instruction in high schools remains slow; (2) in some schools undergoing reform, CTE has retained its outward, historic framework, continuing to emphasize industrial "shops" that focus on labor market needs, whereas in other sites, CTE has adopted new models or strategies for connecting young people to the business community and postsecondary options; (3) sites with a leader who is committed to technology and a strategic approach have more thorough and successful integration of distance learning and educational technology; (4) 59% of all CTE teachers had completed all teacher certification requirements before they began teaching, and 42% of states required a professional development program for alternatively certified teachers; (5) students reported less participation in school-to-work activities in 1999 than in 1997; (6) general and vocational concentrators reported lower grade-point averages at the end of their school career than did academic concentrators, but dual concentrators reported insignificant differences; and (7) among low academic performers, taking CTE courses significantly reduced the likelihood of their dropping out. (Contains 30 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Accountability, Articulation (Education), Change Agents, Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Distance Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Employment Qualifications, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Leadership, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Performance Factors, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Strategic Planning, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Qualifications, Tech Prep, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, St. Paul, MN.