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ERIC Number: EJ782307
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1864
Tech Prep Persistence in Comprehensive High Schools: An Exploratory Study
Miller, Donna M.; Gray, Kenneth
Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, v39 n4 p26-35 Sum 2002
Tech Prep is a high school program of study. The student outcome objective is to prepare students to make the transition from high school to postsecondary pre-baccalaureate technical education, complete the postsecondary program without the need to take remedial academic courses, and then transition to commensurate employment. While the concept is not necessarily new--2+2 programs were around in the 1950s--the present day Tech Prep model can be traced to the writings of Dale Parnell (1985), who provided the rationale for Tech Prep's subsequent inclusion in the Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Education Act of 1990. Since 1990, Tech Prep has become popular among federal policy makers, because it is consistent with their view that the goal of vocational education (now called career and technical education) is preparation for both full-time employment and postsecondary education below the baccalaureate level. The purpose of this research was to conduct a pilot study to investigate reasons for the lack of student persistence in Tech Prep programs located in comprehensive high schools. This study addressed two research questions: (1) Among Tech Prep program participants in comprehensive high schools, what 10th grade academic variables predict persistence? and (2) What are the postsecondary experiences of Tech Prep participants, and do they vary between those who persist and those who do not? Findings show two possible conclusions: One is that those students who elected Tech Prep but did not persist dropped the program because they lacked overall commitment to high school and adequate academic skills to pass the required courses. Second is that these teens are exactly the type of student that Tech Prep is intended to serve--meaning the non-baccalaureate bound--and, therefore, program modifications are necessary to ensure more desirable outcomes. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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