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The Status of School Reform in Pennsylvania Career and Technology Schools: Systemic Issues

Copeland, Darwin L (2008) The Status of School Reform in Pennsylvania Career and Technology Schools: Systemic Issues. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the issues and implementation of high school reform efforts in the 81 career and technology schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The specific areas that were examined were those identified in the research as contributing to high school reform efforts of secondary schools. The researcher developed four research questions that guided the study. Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators (PACTA) aided the researcher in reaching directors of the 81 career and technology schools in the commonwealth via e-mail. The e-mail asked directors to complete an electronic survey concerning high school reform issues with their sending school districts. Seventy-one of a possible eighty-one directors completed the survey. The results of the completed survey were analyzed using quantitative and qualitative analysis. The statistical outline includes discussions of correlation, central themes found and percentages.The results of this study indicated that there is an overwhelming lack of communications between career and technology schools and their sending school districts. The researcher also found that comprehensive career and technology schools are more actively engaged in high school reform efforts than shared-time career and technology schools.By surveying a statistically significant number of career and technology school directors about the reform efforts of their schools, this study provides a clear road map for improvement in the overall high school reform efforts. This road map suggests Pennsylvania policymakers and school administrators need to make collaboration and communication a top priority to ensure that all students are provided the same high quality education regardless, of whether they chose career and technology or traditional academic education.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Copeland, Darwin
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberGorman, Charlesgorman@pitt.eduGORMAN
Committee MemberMonaco, Fred
Committee MemberHughes, Seanshughes@pitt.eduSHUGHES
Date: 30 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 24 March 2008
Approval Date: 30 June 2008
Submission Date: 27 March 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
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: High School Reform; Career and Technology Education; Vocational Education
Other ID:, etd-03272008-080142
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:33
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:37


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