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Critical Success Factors in a High School Healthcare Education Program

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Rebecca A. Thessin ,

The George Washington University, US
About Rebecca
Rebecca A. Thessin is an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at The George Washington University, Washington, DC.
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Ellen Scully-Russ,

The George Washington University, US
About Ellen
Ellen Scully-Russ is an Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Learning at The George Washington University, Ashburn, VA.
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Daina S. Lieberman

Fairfax County Public Schools, US
About Daina
Daina S. Lieberman is an English teacher and International Baccalaureate MYP Coordinator with the Fairfax County Public Schools, Falls Church, VA.
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Abstract

Research has demonstrated career and technical education (CTE) programs have a strong positive influence on secondary students’ behavior, attendance, academic achievement, and college persistence.  Critical success factors common to career academies, small schools, and CTE programs include socio-emotional support and community, along with a culture of high expectations and student engagement.  Yet little research has been conducted on social and cultural factors involved in these programs’ success.  This qualitative study focused on one high school healthcare education program in the Mid-Atlantic to identify the social and cultural critical success factors that contributed to successful student outcomes.  Through classroom observations; interviews with administrators, teachers, partners, program graduates, and parents; surveys of graduates; and focus groups with current students, the following critical success factors emerged: learning environment and community, focused student support, engagement through a real-world context, and a culture of professionalism.  These findings may help educators and districts focus their attention and efforts on the critical factors that impact student success as they seek to expand and improve CTE programs.
How to Cite: Thessin, R.A., Scully-Russ, E. & Lieberman, D.S., (2018). Critical Success Factors in a High School Healthcare Education Program . Journal of Career and Technical Education . 32 ( 1 ) . DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jcte.v32i1.1590
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Published on 03 Jan 2018.

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