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ERIC Number: EJ720801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Positive Student Attitudes Toward CTE (Career and Technical Education)
Gaunt, Dave; Palmer, Louann Bierlein
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers, v80 n8 p44-47 Nov-Dec 2005
Previous research has indicated that Career and Technical Education (CTE) has an image problem due to the perception that it provides poor quality education for the worst students, but little research has been done to ascertain how national, state, and local efforts to improve this image might be paying off. This paper reports the results of a study conducted involving high school students at seven schools in Michigan who were asked: (1) What are students' overall perceptions of CTE and whom do they believe is best served by career and technical education? (2) Who are the people that most influence students as they consider their curricular alternatives? and (3) Are there other factors that influence students' decision-making regarding CTE? Findings indicated that nearly 80 percent of the high school seniors believed that CTE programs were for students of all ability levels (not just those with discipline problems or low achievers), and 50 percent of students who were not currently involved in CTE programs indicated that CTE can be a precursor to college. According to this study, the people who have the most influence upon a student regarding a decision to enroll, or not to enroll, in CTE are friends and parents. Other factors that influence students' decision-making regarding CTE are visits to local career centers and the opportunity to obtain college credit for CTE classes. (Contains 3 figures.)
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Headquarters, 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-683-3111.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan