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ERIC Number: ED524041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-19
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
Learning by Doing Career Academies
Stern, David; Wu, Christopher; Dayton, Charles; Maul, Andrew
Career Academy Support Network, Paper prepared for the Russell Sage Foundation conference (New York City, NY, May 17-18, 2004)
This paper's title summarizes the authors' two main aims. For a number of years, the authors have been helping high schools and districts that are attempting to create or improve career academies. Their assistance includes developing the schools' own capacity to keep track of results for students, relying mainly on information that is ordinarily available from student transcripts. They believe it is essential for schools themselves to continuously gauge results of career academies (or other educational programs), because even if career academies (or other programs) have been found to be effective somewhere, they are unlikely to be effective everywhere. Therefore, one purpose of this paper is to describe how schools can self-monitor, and what they can learn in the process of operating career academies. Second, they wish to add to general knowledge about career academies, by testing some ideas about why they may be more effective in some places and times than in others. Specifically, they conduct a cross-site analysis to explore whether sites that implement certain features of the academy model to a greater degree also obtain bigger gains in performance of academy students. Both parts of the analysis in this paper focus on student performance during high school, not post-high school outcomes such as employment or college attendance. (Contains 10 tables and 10 footnotes.)
Career Academy Support Network. Graduate School of Education University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. Tel: 510-643-5748; Fax: 510-642-2124; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley. Career Academy Support Network (CASN)