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Lacee R. Boschetto; Brian K. Warnick – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2024
The role of secondary education is critical to preparing graduates for adulthood. This study explored the transition experiences of high school graduates and factors that impacted their preparation for adulthood. This descriptive study focused on the experiences of degree and non-degree-seeking graduates. Surveys were distributed to students…
Descriptors: Academic Degrees, Student Experience, High School Graduates, Adults
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Donald M. Johnson; Will Doss; Christopher M. Estepp – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2024
A posttest-only control group experimental design compared novice Arduino programmers who developed their own programs (self-programming group, n = 17) with novice Arduino programmers who used ChatGPT 3.5 to write their programs (ChatGPT-programming group, n = 16) on the dependent variables of programming scores, interest in Arduino programming,…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Technology Uses in Education, Natural Language Processing, Novices
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Parrella, Jean A.; Leggette, Holli R.; Murphrey, Theresa Pesl; Esquivel, Christi – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2023
The agricultural industry lacks qualified workers, suggesting students may not participate in opportunities that effectively develop their employability skills. We used a phenomenological case study approach to investigate Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students' career-readiness and factors influencing…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, Agricultural Education, Employment Potential, Career Counseling
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Glennie, Elizabeth; Lauff, Erich; Studley, Roger; Dalton, Ben – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2023
Earning industry certifications helps people prepare for jobs in a range of careers. Doing so in high school may help students prepare for college as well. Using administrative data on two cohorts of first-time 9th graders in Florida, we examined whether earning a certification was associated with postsecondary enrollment and degree attainment and…
Descriptors: Career Pathways, Credentials, Certification, High School Students
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Johnson, Donald M.; Pate, Michael L.; Estepp, Christopher M.; Wardlow, George W. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2023
A replication study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of an instructional treatment based on self-efficacy theory when used with novice Arduino microcontroller users. Students (n = 32) in an introductory university agricultural systems technology course participated in a lesson on Arduino microcontrollers, circuit breadboarding, and…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Computer Science Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Novices
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Zanele Muntu Gule; Edwards A. Alademerin; Marietta P. Dlamini – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2023
The skills gap between agricultural education graduates from the University of Eswatini (UNESWA) and what employers are searching for is growing. Literature informs that this is mostly owing to the world's rapid changes, with ICT serving as the primary change engine, necessitating new sets of abilities from graduates as well as up-to-date teaching…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Agricultural Education, 21st Century Skills, Job Skills
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Christopher J. Eck; Kristopher Rankin III; J. Shane Robinson – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2023
The emphasis for STEM integration in school-based agricultural education (SBAE) classrooms is imperative, resulting in a need for teacher educators to generate a positive view on the integration. Specifically, SBAE teacher aspirants need to be prepared to deliver relevant agricultural curriculum grounded in STEM. The purpose of the study was to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Agricultural Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Secondary School Students
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Zirkle, Chris; Laukia, Jari; Mauffret, David; Prudant Vilches, Sergio – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2022
Working between the formal education system and workplace, vocational education teachers contribute to the growth and development of a country's future workforce. Using interviews of university professors, examination of legislation and administrative rules and information obtained from applicable websites, this article compares two different…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education Teachers, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications
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Boss, Chase; McKendree, R. Bud – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2022
As education leans into competency-based assessment methods, Evidenced-Based Grading (EBG) presents as a potential effective option for Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers. In this study we use a basic qualitative design to explore CTE teachers' perceptions of assessment, student growth, and implementation of an Evidenced-Based Grading…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Evidence Based Practice, Grading, Social Cognition
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Perry, Anthony M. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2022
Computing and information sciences (CIS) careers in the United States are expected to grow faster than the average occupation between 2019 and 2029 and educational requirements for these positions span subbaccalaureate and baccalaureate degrees. Despite secondary curricular interventions, the population of people who pursue CIS pathways are not…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Computer Science Education, Diversity, High School Students
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Gauthier, Thomas – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2021
Community colleges are the leaders in facilitating career and technical education (CTE), and faculty help develop program offerings on campus. This study explored faculty perceptions of community college CTE programs using the survey research method. Participants included 36 faculty members from various disciplines from 15 state colleges in…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Vocational Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Tyler, Quentin R.; Vincent, Stacy K.; Monroe, Tiffany C. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2021
This study identified perceptions of education by low performing and college track African American males in a rural town in Southern Kentucky. Through the lens of Critical Race Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the researchers explored how 16 young men value a secondary and postsecondary education. Selected by their administrator at two high…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Rural Areas, Educational Attitudes
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Chen, Xianglei – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2021
The skilled technical workforce (STW) comprises workers in occupations that require significant science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) skills but not a bachelor's degree for entry. The United States had over 17 million STW workers in 2017, and is expected to be short about 3.4 million workers who are qualified for the available…
Descriptors: Skilled Occupations, Technical Occupations, Education Work Relationship, Gender Differences
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Rubin, Beno; Kosloski, Michael F.; Loya, Roberto – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2021
The focus of this study was to develop standards that can be used for establishing and assessing high-quality postsecondary trade and industrial programs. A four-round Delphi technique was used to generate consensus regarding program standards. The panel of experts, comprised of postsecondary administrators of trade and industrial programs, was…
Descriptors: Trade and Industrial Education, Postsecondary Education, Standards, College Programs
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Alston, Antoine J.; Roberts, Richie; English, Chastity Warren – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2020
Currently, the agricultural industry struggles to fill positions with qualified agricultural workers. Therefore, it is critical to attract high caliber individuals to agricultural degree programs that are prepared to enter the workforce with the skills needed to navigate complex issues and problems. The purpose of this national study was to…
Descriptors: Student Recruitment, Holistic Approach, Agricultural Education, College Students
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