Enhancing Mathematics Instruction in Career and Technical Education

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction in Career and Technical Education

Jan 2006

Panel Discussion Presenters:

M. Craig Edwards, Department of Agricultural Education, Oklahoma State University
Mary Fudge, Van Buren Intermediate School District, Lawrence, MI
Mary Kisner, Custom Instructional Communications (CIC) Group, Boalsburg, PA


This podcast is a direct follow-up to one which was presented just one month ago on December 13, 2005, by Dr. James Stone, the director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education. On that day in December, Dr. Stone discussed a major study which the National Research Center had completed over the past two years. It was called the “Math in CTE” study. And it tested a model for enhancing the mathematics that naturally occurs in different CTE occupational areas. The math emerges directly from those areas, and this model was used to enhance that math, give explicit instruction to it, and we found that when this occurred in an experimental study, the students who would receive the math instruction improved their performance significantly over the control students. This was done as a true random assignment experiment.