ERIC Number: EJ1132449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
"We Don't Just Make Cookies": Practitioners' Perspectives on the Viability of Career and Technical Education in the United States
Fletcher, Edward C., Jr.; Lasonen, Johanna L.; Hernandez, Victor M.
Career and Technical Education Research, v39 n1 p55-78 Spr 2014
The purpose of this qualitative study was to capture the perspectives of 13 Masters' students, who are also practitioners in Career and Technical Education (CTE), regarding the trends, issues, and future directions in the field. The analysis of interview and focus group data led to the identification of three recurring themes. The first theme was identified as We Don't Just Make Cookies which signifies the increase in rigor of CTE programs with the shift from vocational education. The second theme of Career Academies: An Enduring School Reform Initiative? emerged as a strong belief that career academies were not just another educational fad which would wane in the near future, but instead is a school reform initiative that will make a lasting impact. The third theme CTE: A Larger Part of Schools was expressed as a new focus on CTE as one possible solution to the economic crisis.
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Masters Programs, Educational Trends, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Difficulty Level, Career Academies, Economic Climate
Association for Career and Technical Education Research. Web site: http://acteronline.org/publications/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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