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ERIC Number: ED554527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 407
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-3168-1
Motivating Students to Complete High School through Career and Technical Education
McDuffie, Kimberly Sabrina
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Since the 1980s, stakeholders have perceived Career and Technical Education (CTE) as a dumping ground for underachieving students who will not attend a 4-year college or university. Thus, the stigma has been created that CTE only serves low-performing students. The problem addressed in this study was that students were dropping out of high school instead of using CTE pathways as an alternative method for obtaining their diploma. The purpose of this study was to explore the ways that CTE motivates students to earn their diploma by completing a pathway. Guided by the theoretical framework of Dewey's constructive belief and the conceptual framework of Gardner's multiple intelligences, motivational factors were examined that contributed to students completing high school through CTE. This case study included 3 focus groups which consisted of 11 CTE teachers and 1 semi-structured interview with the CTE department chair. Data were coded and participants' responses were audio taped and manually transcribed, then transferred into digital folders. Member checks were used to confirm the interpretations of the data. Results identified that CTE teachers believed that pathways enabled students to learn job skills while earning their high school diploma. The academic and economic benefits for students who completed a pathway were identified. Through partnership building between local employers, the community college, and Mydland High School's CTE department, this study promotes positive social change by contributing to the local economy, preparing students for postsecondary academic success, and gaining workforce skills acquired through 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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