Date of Award

4-2005

Degree Name

Specialist in Education

Department

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (to 2007)

First Advisor

Joseph Kretovics

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to examine the perceptions of Career/Technical Education (CTE) automotive instructors related to the preparation of automotive students. Instructors were asked to compare Automotive Youth Educational Systems (A YES) partnered programs to automotive programs prior to A YES partnerships to determine which they perceive as being more effective. Data was collected to test two assumptions. First, that automotive students from A YES partnered programs are better prepared when compared to automotive students from programs prior to A YES partnerships. Second, that more students from automotive programs are available for employment as entry-level automotive technicians since the automotive programs became A YES partnered.

A state-wide survey was conducted and 18 automotive instructors or 58% of those polled, representing 13 schools responded. (Those polled represented a sample of 31 automotive instructors involved with 15 A YES partnered programs in Michigan).

No conclusions could be drawn regarding the effect A YES partnerships had on the numbers of students available for employment as entry-level automotive technicians. However. the first assumption was supported and provides evidence that A YES partnership results in students who are better prepared for entry-level employment as automotive technicians.

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