Effects of School-to-Work Programs on Cognitive Engagement: Examining the Students’ Perspective

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Title: Effects of School-to-Work Programs on Cognitive Engagement: Examining the Students’ Perspective
Authors: Doucette, Dean
Date: 2011
Abstract: The aim of this study is to examine the effects of school-to-work programs on cognitive engagement from the students’ perspective. The study was guided by the question: “How do students perceive their cognitive engagement in learning when participating in school-to-work transition programs”? Using a case study methodology, data were collected from ten students at a rural high school using semi-structured interviews, and were analyzed using the constant comparative method. The results show an increase in cognitive engagement and the motivation to graduate as a result of participation in the school-to-work program. This increase in cognitive engagement is attributed to the students’ career preparedness, and the hands-on practical experiences gained from the program. By studying the students’ perception of their own engagement we gain a better understanding of the contributing factors that lead to increased cognitive engagement and motivation levels.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20376
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5027
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