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Doctoral Dissertation Announcement
Candidate: Mohammad A. Moradi
Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology
Title: A Case Study of How Students Enrolled in CTE Programs and Faculty Understand and Assess the Implications of Globalization on Career Preparation
Dr. Richard Zinser, Chair
Dr. Robert Leneway
Dr. Brian Horvitz
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
3310 Sangren Hall
Globalization reflects a new shift in the workforce development paradigm. This descriptive qualitative case study was conducted at a Midwestern University with 12 student participants and three faculty members from three CTE engineering programs. The purpose of this body of work was to explore the student and faculty participants’ perceptions of globalization and to understand the implication of globalization on CTE programs, program selection, and career choices, the training of the students enrolled in CTE programs, and the role of teaching faculty and the college in this process.
How CTE programs align many diverse programs to meet a growing demand for skilled labor of the industry was reflective of the changing role of career and technical education in skilled workforce development. This perception necessitated a closer look at the phenomenon of globalization and its implications for skilled workforce development at the postsecondary level.
The five central research questions of the study all began with “how” or “why”. The “research questions were interrogative statements or questions that the investigator sought to answer” (Creswell, 2003, p. 109). These questions were specifically attributable to the focus of the study to explore how the CTE students prepared for employment in a “flattened world”, derived from their own perspectives. Consequently, how the college, through various means, such as curriculum designs aligned with industry needs, technology integration, contextual learning, and multidisciplinary curriculum integration, may achieve the aim of the programs as outlined in Academic Program Reviews published by the college.
The primary instrument of data collection was an open-ended interview protocol. There were a total of 19 interview questions derived from the research questions. The collected data was transcribed, sorted and, as described by Glaser and Strauss (1967), utilized the constant comparison method of coding to illustrate the emerging concepts (p. 23).
Sample selection was purposive and utilized a small group limited to one location. The findings were not assumed to be generalized to the total population. The findings generally were positive; student satisfaction was high and funding of CTE programs and public private partnerships were a major focus of the findings as they were reported.