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ERIC Number: ED519377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 191
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-9898-9
High School Students' Perception of Career Technical Education and Factors that Influence Enrollment in Programs at a Regional Occupational Center
St. Gean, Laurie M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Pepperdine University
The purpose of this study was to learn about the demographic profile of South Bay-area high school Career Technical Education (CTE) students (those who enroll in CTE courses outside the school day), their perceptions related to CTE, the people and other factors that influence them to enroll in CTE courses, and students' opinions on which communication strategies present the advantages of enrolling in a CTE course. The design of the study was quantitative and descriptive in nature and utilized survey methodology. The study was descriptive in that the outcome was an assessment of the nature of existing conditions. A survey instrument consisted of 48 questions and was administered to 160 high school students currently enrolled in 1 or more CTE courses at a CTE center in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Courses were offered outside of the regular school day. Findings from this study indicated that high school students enrolled in CTE courses outside of the school day have a career plan and understand the benefits of completing high school and pursuing additional education to achieve their career goals. Students participating in this study perceived that CTE courses are for all students, as well as for students who struggle academically. Students enrolled in CTE courses outside the school day are influenced to enroll in CTE by friends, mothers, and female guardians. An additional factor that influenced students to enroll in CTE courses is having a career plan. Students participating in this study identified the following most effective ways to communicate information about CTE courses: presentations at their high school, attending a career day at their high school, and receiving information from a friend. Study findings suggest that further research should be conducted at comprehensive high schools, as well as career and technical high schools, regarding what impact a career plan has on high school graduation rates, enrollment in higher education and/or career fields, and understanding the parent perspective of CTE and how it aligns with the student perspective of CTE. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California