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ERIC Number: ED556144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 195
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-5566-4
Florida Career and Technology Education: A Comparative Analysis of CTE Program Participants as a Percentage of Total High School Population for the State of Florida
Serra, Francis
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Florida Atlantic University
This quantitative study was designed to analyze the percentage of students pursuing selected Career and Technical Education (CTE) vocational courses in schools throughout the State of Florida and to determine if there is a relationship to school district size during school year 2008-2009. The study sought to determine if smaller districts are more likely to have a higher percentage of students enrolled in selected CTE programs that will provide entry into the work force in a skilled, preferably licensed occupation than larger districts. The study also sought to determine the relationship of the number of students enrolled in the CTE courses to school level student attendance rate, drop-out rate, graduation rate, percentage of Black students, percentage of Hispanic students, percentage of White students, and the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced price meals. The study revealed that there were significantly fewer students enrolled in construction and automotive occupational programs when compared to technology related programs. There were few school sites that offered construction and automotive programs when compared to the number that offered technology related programs. The significant enrollment difference raises the question of whether more can be done to address skills shortage complaints frequently made by employers. The study demonstrated a relationship of an increased drop-out rate as vocational participation increased. Graduation rates showed a relationship of decreasing as vocational participation increased. Both of these findings were contrary to the literature on the relationships. Vocational enrollment did not show differences based on student race. One exception was that there was a significant correlation for White students enrolled in construction programs. The study interestingly revealed a relationship that there were fewer students enrolled in vocational programs as the school's percentage of students eligible for free and reduced price meals increased. [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: Florida