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ERIC Number: EJ813780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-1554-754X
Inside the Black Box: Exploring the Value Added by Career and Technical Student Organizations to Students' High School Experience
Alfeld, Corinne; Hansen, David M.; Aragon, Steven R.; Stone, James R., III
Career and Technical Education Research, v31 n3 p121-155 2006
This study explored the hypothesis that Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) provide a variety of experiences that either directly or indirectly affect three important outcomes of secondary education: achievement, transition to postsecondary education and training, and employability. A pre-post-test comparison study of high school students (n = 1797) in CTE classes that included CTSO classes, CTE classes without a CTSO, and general (non-CTE) classes was conducted over the course of one academic year. Compared to the other groups, CTSO students reported higher levels on a variety of positive behavioral, academic, and psychosocial measures at the start of the year, but they did not report as much gain over the year. More types of participation in CTSOs was associated with greater academic motivation, academic engagement, grades, career self-efficacy, college aspirations, and employability skills. Finally, of four organizational elements of CTSOs, competitions were found to have the most positive effects. (Contains 10 figures, 6 tables, and 7 footnotes.)
Association for Career and Technical Education Research. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Resource Education, 1310 South Sixth Street, 351 Education Building, Champaign, IL 61820. Tel: 217-333-0807; Fax: 217-244-5632; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Georgia; Illinois; Kentucky; Minnesota; Missouri; Ohio; Oklahoma; Tennessee; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001