ERIC Number: ED493604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Building Academic Skills in Context: Testing the Value of Enhanced Math Learning in CTE
Stone, James R., III; Alfeld, Corinne; Pearson, Donna; Lewis, Morgan V.; Jensen, Susan
National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
An experimental study tested a model for enhancing mathematics instruction in five high school career and technical education (CTE) programs (agriculture, auto technology, business/marketing, health, and information technology). The model consisted of a pedagogy and intense teacher professional development. Volunteer CTE teachers were randomly assigned to an experimental (n = 57) or control (n = 74) group. The experimental teachers worked with math teachers in communities of practice to develop CTE instructional activities that integrated more mathematics into the occupational curriculum. After 1 year of the math-enhanced CTE lessons averaging 10% of class time, students in the experimental classrooms performed significantly better on 2 tests of math ability-the TerraNova and ACCUPLACER[R]-without any negative impact on measures of occupational/technical knowledge. (Contains 23 tables, 5 figures, and 11 appendices.)
Descriptors: Technical Education, Career Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Information Technology, Reading Instruction, Academic Ability, High Schools, Professional Development, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Tests
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, St. Paul, MN.
IES Cited: ED509777; ED544681