Date of Award

5-1-2004

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Ganga Persaud

Abstract

This study examines students' perceptions in relationship to School-to-Work initiatives in a major metropolitan Atlanta school district. This study was based on the premise that education works best and is most useful for future careers when students apply what they learn to real life, real work situations. The researcher found that students who participate in School-to-Work initiatives appear to show an improvement in their persistence in school, show an improvement in the first time passing of the Georgia High School graduation Test in math and English; however, students show minimal to no improvement in academic achievement. The conclusions drawn from the findings suggest that proponents for School-to-Work initiatives must continue to lobby support for the program. At all levels, advocates must engage in discourse and further study to ensure program continuity.

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