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Document Number: 6670

Building Academic Skills in Context: Testing the Value of Enhanced Math Learning in Career and Technical Education - This report describes the conduct and outcomes of a pilot study conducted in spring 2004 to develop and test a model aimed at enhancing career and technical education (CTE) instruction with current high school math curricula. The impetus for the study is that many high school students – particularly those in enrolled in CTE courses – do not have the math skills necessary for today’s jobs or college entrance requirements. Working in concert with math and CTE experts, a professional development and instruction process were developed and experimentally tested during the course of one semester. A majority of teachers across the study reported implementing all of the lessons they developed. Barriers to the implementation of the lessons included time-related issues, lack of fit to the curriculum, inadequately developed lesson plans, need for more math knowledge and support, and students’ resistance to math. The pilot study yielded results indicating that inclusion of the CTE curriculum can improve the math skills of students without impairing their acquisition of occupational skills and knowledge. A significant difference was found for one of the three math post-tests, and on 14 of 18 site-specific comparisons, the students in the experimental group scored higher than those in the control group. (James R. Stone, III, Corinne Alfeld, Donna Pearson, Morgan V. Lewis and Susan Jensen, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, September 2005)...

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