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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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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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Ashford-Hanserd, Shetay; Daniel, Kristy L.; García, Dana M.; Idema, Jenn L. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2020
To promote diversity within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce, we must identify factors that influence or hinder historically underrepresented minority (URM) students' persistence to degrees in STEM. We documented potential factors that influence students' persistence in an undergraduate biology program and…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Biology, Majors (Students), Hispanic American Students
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Arnett-Hartwick, Sally E.; Davis, Tamra S. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate to what extent participating in a poverty simulation effectively increases a student's understanding of life in poverty among human development and family sciences (HDFS) and teacher education students in family and consumer sciences (FCS). Using a mixed-method design, a convenience sample of junior and…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Consumer Science, Poverty, Simulation
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Kendricks, Kimberly D.; Arment, Anthony A.; Nedunuri, K. V.; Lowell, Cadance A. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2019
Undergraduate minority retention and graduation rates in STEM disciplines is a nationally recognized challenge for workforce growth and diversification. The Benjamin Banneker Scholars Program (BBSP) was a five-year undergraduate study developed to increase minority student retention and graduation rates at an HBCU. The program structure utilized a…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, School Holding Power
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McKim, Aaron J.; Sorensen, Tyson J.; McKendree, R. Bud; Pauley, Catlin M. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2018
The current analysis foregrounded postsecondary agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) education programs through an analysis of learning community, social community, general self-efficacy, and major commitment. Analysis identified statistically significant differences in major commitment perceived by year in school, with students earlier…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Agricultural Education, Natural Resources, Postsecondary Education
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Eve-Marie Sanok, Danielle; Stripling, Christopher T.; Stephens, Carrie A.; Griffith, Andrew P. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore the factors impacting former National FFA Organization (FFA) members' decision to discontinue FFA membership after high school. Data were collected using focus groups. Data indicated areas of improvement for how to retain membership on the alumni level within colleges and other local FFA Alumni chapters.…
Descriptors: Group Membership, High School Students, Student Organizations, Agricultural Education