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Delivering STEM Education through Career and Technical Education Schools and Programs


"Career and technical education (CTE) is an important component of the U.S. high school enterprise. ...This paper seeks to identify which CTE delivery systems (e.g., schools), programs, and curricular and pedagogic strategies promote and enhance the learning of STEM subjects. It also examines the extant research on STEM-focused CTE with special attention given to the needs of diverse learners.
The paper begins with a survey of the ways in which CTE is delivered and how STEM is addressed by CTE. This is followed by a discussion of CTE programmatic approaches that address STEM. Finally, the paper explores how pedagogic approaches are used to enhance STEM learning in CTE programs. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the limited data available to address the questions raised by this paper.