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ERIC Number: EJ1167169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Critical Success Factors in a High School Healthcare Education Program
Thessin, Rebecca A.; Scully-Russ, Ellen; Lieberman, Daina S.
Journal of Career and Technical Education, v32 n1 p51-72 2017
Research has demonstrated career and technical education (CTE) programs have a strong positive influence on secondary students' behavior, attendance, academic achievement, and college persistence. Critical success factors common to career academies, small schools, and CTE programs include socio-emotional support and community, along with a culture of high expectations and student engagement. Yet little research has been conducted on social and cultural factors involved in these programs' success. This qualitative study focused on one high school healthcare education program in the Mid-Atlantic to identify the social and cultural critical success factors that contributed to successful student outcomes. Through classroom observations; interviews with administrators, teachers, partners, program graduates, and parents; surveys of graduates; and focus groups with current students, the following critical success factors emerged: learning environment and community, focused student support, engagement through a real-world context, and a culture of professionalism. These findings may help educators and districts focus their attention and efforts on the critical factors that impact student success as they seek to expand and improve CTE programs.
Descriptors: Success, High Schools, Qualitative Research, Health Services, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Observation, Surveys, Focus Groups, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Administrators, Parents, High School Graduates, Educational Environment, Student Needs, Relevance (Education), School Culture, Vocational Education, Allied Health Occupations Education, Expectation, Learner Engagement, Case Studies, Semi Structured Interviews, Documentation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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