Current Studies

Overview

The NRCCTE’s research focuses on issues of urgency to both the field of CTE and the nation’s higher education system, recovering economy, and evolving labor market, addressing such topics as programs of study (POS)/career pathways, curriculum integration of CTE and academic content knowledge and skills, postsecondary student retention and completion, and professional development for educators in the areas of data use for program improvement and support for alternatively certified CTE educators.

This longitudinal, field-based study of programs of study (POS)/career pathways was designed using rigorous research methods to estimate the impact of POS on high school students’ academic and technical achievement outcomes through the completion of high school. Researchers are following...

As programs of study (POS)/career pathways are relatively new, in name if not in practice, research evidence on their implementation and effectiveness is still in progress. NRCCTE-affiliated researchers at FHI 360 are conducting this study, which began in 2008, with...

The NRCCTE’s Math-in-CTE research study used group randomization techniques to test a model of curriculum integration to improve CTE students’ mathematical understanding. The study included nearly 3,000 students and 200 teachers in nine states. Each of the CTE teachers participating...

Improving comprehension skills is vital to building cognitive skills. Reading and literacy skills enable youth to gather information and create knowledge from various sources and then cognitively and creatively consider solutions to problems in and about their lives. By implementing...

A growing conversation has emerged among professionals in the science community about the need to adopt alternatives to traditional science teaching methods. One of the more recent trends in science curriculum development has been the use of contexts and applications...