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ERIC Number: EJ952049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-2158-6586
Perceptions of Indiana Parents Related to Project Lead The Way
Werner, Gary; Kelley, Todd R.; Rogers, George E.
Journal of sTEm Teacher Education, v48 n2 p137-154 2011
The nation's public schools serve as the foundation for preparing a workforce that is literate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (The National Academies, 2007). In the report, "Rising above the gathering storm: Energizing and employing America for a brighter economic future," members of The National Academies identified that meaningful and high-wage employment in the new global economy will require technological literacy and engineering skills. The National Academies (2007) stated that Project Lead The Way (PLTW) was the model engineering curriculum to address the nation's technological workforce needs. The purposes of PLTW are to develop technologically literate high school graduates, to generate interest in engineering-related fields, and to encourage high school students to pursue engineering as a career pathway. Currently there is a lack of data related to parents' perceptions of high school engineering education (PLTW) and its effect on their child's career goals. The purpose of this study was to determine the current perceptions of PLTW held by parents of students enrolled in PLTW engineering courses at one Indiana high school. Considering the important role parents play in helping their children prepare for their future, the results of this study provides vital information for PLTW leadership, PLTW teachers, and PLTW students and parents. The study found that parents' perceptions of PLTW had the greatest variation in the understanding of college credit that can be earned for successfully completing PLTW classes. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana