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College and Career Readiness: An Interview Study of High School Graduates and Their Description of Postsecondary Life

Bissell, Kenneth (2017) College and Career Readiness: An Interview Study of High School Graduates and Their Description of Postsecondary Life. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this research is three-fold: first, to build an understanding of how high school graduates describe their engagement in college and career ready skills, knowledge, and behaviors during and after high school. The second is to understand how graduates describe secondary school college and career development programs and initiatives. Finally, based on graduate descriptions of struggle after high school, the research uncovered gaps in college and career readiness upon graduation. The conceptual framework for the study was grounded in David Conley’s (2014) Four Keys to College and Career Readiness Model, and social cognitive career theory was explored throughout the study.
A qualitative interview study was conducted to gain a better understanding of how students engage in the acquisition of college and career ready skills, and what college and career ready skills they struggle with upon graduation. Interviews of high school graduates from a southwestern Pennsylvania school district were conducted following Clara Hill’s (1997) Consensual Qualitative Research Method interview process. Analysis of the data included deductive coding using the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness (Conley, 2014), and the social cognitive career theory model of career self-management (Lent & Brown, 2013). Second cycle pattern coding revealed themes of how graduates engaged in college and career readiness, and how their secondary school experiences did or did not contribute to their readiness.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bissell, Kennethkab284@pitt.edukab284
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTananis,
Committee MemberLeBaron Wallace,
Committee MemberPiraino,
Date: 22 August 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 May 2017
Approval Date: 22 August 2017
Submission Date: 30 June 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 120
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: College and Career Readiness Workforce Development Future Ready Student Voice Career Identity Social Cognitive Career Theory
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 22:05
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 22:05


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