Date of Graduation

12-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Adult and Lifelong Learning (EdD)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor

Kit Kacirek

Committee Member

Wen-Juo Lo

Second Committee Member

Greg Gelcher

Keywords

Education; Career and technical education; Student satisfaction; Teacher education; Vocational education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the learning satisfaction of graduates or completers from the Career and Technical Teacher Education (CTTE) in-service program at a public university in the state of Kansas. The conceptual framework and the survey instrument were adapted from the Performance-Based Teacher Education learning packages and revised based on current educational situations, technologies, and terminologies to measure participants’ learning satisfaction. The participants included 96 career and technical education in-service teachers who had completed their degrees or certificates requirements from the CTTE in-service program between 2004 spring and 2015 summer. An on-line survey was administered by using SurveyMonkey. The return rate was 61.46% including 51 participants whose data were valid. The findings of this study included: (a) the graduates or completers generally felt satisfied or very satisfied about how their knowledge and skills learned from the program fitted their teaching practices and (b) the learning satisfaction were not impacted by graduates’ or completers’ teaching school types as well as educational levels. However, the graduates or completers who received degree(s) from the program had significantly higher learning satisfaction than the graduates or completers who received a certificate only.

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