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ERIC Number: ED566455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 220
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3394-6014-7
A Phenomenological Study Examining the Experiences of High School Graduates Who Participated in a Career and Technical Education Program of Study
Goins, Camille Locklear
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Liberty University
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are designed to help prepare students to become effective workers by equipping them with college and career readiness skills needed for the 21st century workplace. Students who participate in a CTE Program of Study (POS) have the potential for greater success during and after high school because they have achieved academic success in meeting the college and career readiness targets that lead to success in post-secondary and career training. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe the experiences of graduates from one high school in the southwest region of North Carolina who participated in a CTE POS. Through the use of documents, interviews, and a focus group the perceptions from 10 participants who participated in a CTE POS during high school were examined. The data gathered in this study was analyzed using the procedures of a hermeneutical phenomenology to gain a thick, rich understanding of participant experiences. Four themes emerged during the research process. The four themes were (a) The learning process was enhanced; (b) Influences on decision-making; (c) Learning with understanding supports knowledge use in new situations; and (d) Guidance and advisement needs to be purposeful. This study found that the participant's learning process was enhanced through participation in a CTE POS, they were able to transfer learning to a variety of context that increased their readiness for college and their future career. The implications are discussed and recommendations are provided to educators along with recommendations for further research. [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: North Carolina