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Career Pathway and Academy Experiences: A Study of High School College and Career Readiness

Lane, Matthew (2019) Career Pathway and Academy Experiences: A Study of High School College and Career Readiness. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the degree to which Fairview High School was meeting the goals of its Career Pathways and Academies program. In addition, the study establishes next steps and recommendations for the Career Pathways and Academies program based on the findings. The study was guided by three research questions addressing factors influencing students’ Pathway selection, the Pathway/career connections that they are experiencing in their courses, and the degree to which the school’s Curriculum Planning Guide influenced with Pathway course selection.

The Fairview School District superintendent granted the surveyor permission to survey the students at Fairview High School. The survey was shared with all students at the high school, and it contained thirty-eight items, which collected identifying data (gender, grade level, and Pathway enrollment), and it took approximately ten minutes to complete. Three hundred seventy-nine students responded (69.4% response rate). The results of the study indicate that students are selecting their Pathways for appropriate reasons (abilities, interests, passions). However, they are experiencing few Pathway/career connections in their high school classes, and the Curriculum Planning Guide has little influence on their course selections. The study proposes plans for increasing the frequency and relevancy of classroom connections and use of the Guide. The study also identifies differences in the female/male Pathway experiences and makes recommendations to assure equal opportunity and experiences that reinforce college and career readiness skills as students prepare for their post-secondary experiences.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lane, MatthewMSL65@pitt.eduMSL65
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLongo, R.
Committee MemberGalla,
Committee MemberPushchak,
Date: 23 March 2019
Defense Date: 6 March 2019
Approval Date: 31 July 2019
Submission Date: 11 May 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 83
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: Career Pathways, College and Career Readiness, Career Academies
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 12:42
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 12:42

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