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Date of Award
Thesis and Dissertation-ISU Access Only
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations: Educational Administration
Elizabeth T. Lugg
A CASE STUDY USING A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH TECHNIQUE TO
INVESTIGATE THE PERCEPTIONS OF ADMINISTRATION,
FACULTY, AND STUDENTS, REGARDING TWO
STAND-ALONE CAREER CENTERS IN ILLINOIS
Anthony Jay Plese
157 Pages August 2014
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the process by which a
vocational facility (career center) operates, and to identify administration, faculty, and
student perceptions as each may affect decision-making regarding the area of study, why
students chose the vocational center they are attending, and perceptions that define a
quality center. This research study asked open-ended questions to help the reader
understand how administrators, teachers, and students perceive their career center and
their role and purpose at hat center. Throughout the paper two terms were used
interchangeably: vocational education (VE) and career and technical education (CTE).
The practitioners and students involved in this study were from two area vocational
facilities in north central Illinois that provide skill training for eleventh and twelfth grade
students. The participants were interviewed using a semi-structured protocol. There
were also observations from the interviewer of the students and faculty chosen for the
project. The daily operations of each center were documented as part of the observation
process. The following themes evolved from the research questions: skills, certification,
licensure, dual credit, hands-on learning, engaged learning, and the ability to increase
occupational skills or secure employment after high school. The researcher believes the study shows different perceptions from the teachers, students, and administration
regarding the importance and reasons for vocational education.
Plese, Anthony Jay, "A Case Study Using a Qualitative Research Technique to Investigate the Perceptions of Administration, Faculty, and Students, Regarding Two Stand-Alone Career Centers in Illinois" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 193.