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Career and Technical Education in the Late 1990s: A Descriptive Study

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We examined the prevalence of specific career and technical education (CTE) programs and activities in American high schools in the late 1990s, following a decade of education reform. We also examined the extent to which CTE-oriented professional development is available to school staff and explored the other kinds of supports offered in schools to facilitate career and technical education. School Survey data from 1996 and 2000 from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 showed CTE programs were created or strengthened in the early 1990s, most notably in the areas of business and technology. School administrators perceived that CTE enrollment (a) increased during the 1990s due to the availability of these programs, and (b) were not affected by changes in graduation requirements. We also found that most schools offered more career development programs than work-based learning or specific CTE activities. We concluded that CTE has made significant strides in the 1990

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2004

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