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ERIC Number: EJ830475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1864
The Perceptions of Indiana High School Principals Related to Project Lead The Way
Rogers, George E.
Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, v44 n1 p49-65 Spr 2007
School improvement initiatives have been the focus of recent political agendas, professional conferences, and publications. A recent educational change initiative in Indiana has been Project Lead The Way (PLTW). According to Rogers (2005) the state's technology education teachers have embraced PLTW and its infusion into the high school curriculum. The PLTW curriculum is described as "a four-year sequence of courses which, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college." This study examines the attitudes and perceptions of Indiana high school principals toward the implementation of PLTW, the educational change initiative, if that initiative is to be successful across the state. A survey instrument based on the Principals and Inclusion Survey (PIS) was developed and used to ascertain the perceptions of these principals related to the effect of PLTW on their schools. The results of this study indicated that the principals have a very strong positive perceptions of the effect of PLTW on their schools, their teachers, and their students. The principals have indicated their positive perceptions of PLTW via both quantitative Likert-type scale ratings and qualitative open-ended comments related to PLTW. The qualitative responses from these high school principals provided a very positive reflection on the effect PLTW has on the high school environment. Principals noted that PLTW provided a very positive impact on their school's students, teachers, and overall school culture. This study provides further evidence of the positive impact that PLTW offers schools and in particular the technology education discipline. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana