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Office of Career and Technical Education
P.O. Box 30712
Lansing, MI 48909
Telephone: 517.373.3373
Fax: 517.373.8776

Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education
Ferris State University
Bishop Hall, 1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Telephone: 888.591.2789
Fax: 231.591.2043

Math in CTE


2005 Building Academic Skills in Context: Testing the Value of Enhanced Math Learning in CTEThis report describes the conduct and outcomes of an experimental pilot study conducted in Spring 2004 to develop and test a model that aimed to enhance career and technical education (CTE) instruction with the mathematics that is already embedded in the curricula of six occupational areas. Math is abundant in the CTE curriculum, but it is largely implicit to both teachers and students. The impetus for the study is that many high school students, particularly those in enrolled in CTE courses, do not have the math skills necessary for today's jobs or college entrance requirements. This research project was aimed at using an authentic context for teaching math skills. Preparation for the study began in the summer of 2003 with the nationwide recruitment of teacher-participants. CTE teachers who were interested in participating were required to identify teachers of mathematics who was willing to work with them during the course of the study. From a total of 274 CTE teachers who applied to participate, 114 were randomly assigned to and participated in the experimental group, whereas the other 122 served as controls.
2005 Building Academic Skills in Context: Testing the Value of Enhanced Math Learning in CTE (Final Report)Many high school students, particularly those enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) courses, do not have the math skills necessary for today's jobs or college entrance requirements. Math is found in all areas of CTE, but is largely implicit to both teachers and students. This report describes a group randomized trial (GRT) research study designed to test a model for enhancing mathematics instruction in high school CTE courses emphasizing the mathematics that is already embedded in the CTE curriculum. The aim was to help CTE teachers make mathematics more explicit in a meaningful context and then help reinforce students' mathematics understanding both in and out of that context.
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