Thesis Title

Post-Secondary School Pathways: College and Career Technical Eduation

Graduation Date

Summer 2009

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

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Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Program Director

Madelienne Peters, EdD

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify the interests of students regarding the courses that are offered at a local high school. In looking at the interests through two differing viewpoints, preparing students for college admission, and preparing students for jobs and careers through Career Technical Education, the study explores which path the students are actively engaged in pursuing. In doing so, it is hoped that the study will be a tool for the school and the district to better shape the education landscape as it is offered at this site. The review of historical data and research sheds light on the development of college preparation and vocational education as distinctive tracks in our education process. These two separate paths have begun to come together, at least in the minds of some researchers and professionals. The findings of the surveyed population (29«/o) of a local high school in rural California of approximately 700 ,students showed that the students’ interests fell in the middle between college preparation and Career Technical Education pathways. Those stayed felt that classes prepared them for their future goals beyond high school. Those who were motivated to participate in classes showed a strong preference school, whether that was for pursuing college or for job or career readiness.

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