An Investigation into the Effects of Covid-19 on Career and Technical Education Classrooms

Authors

  • Jonathan Walker Culver-Stockton College
  • Randal Wilson Murray State University
  • Charlene Atkins University of Central Missouri
  • Kemaly Parr Murray State University

Keywords:

career and technical education, classroom instructional strategies, Covid-19

Abstract

This ex-post-facto study was conducted on Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers across the country. Covid-19 has disrupted education, and while studies have concentrated on its effects on K-12 classrooms, few have investigated CTE. Research suggested that Covid-19 had a significant impact on CTE classrooms and teachers’ use of instructional strategies. For example, due to Health Sciences dependence on in person interaction for effective completion of program and clinical requirements, those teachers were more affected by Covid-19 than agriculture, business, marketing, and information technology teachers because these teachers had curricula where the usage of technology was already embedded. Consequently, these areas were less affected by Covid-19 than disciplines such as family consumer sciences and human services which required more hands-on interaction. Varying teacher preparation methods as well as different routes to certification could also cause some teachers to be more prepared for online education and pandemic mitigation strategies. Future research should be conducted to identify why Covid-19 has affected CTE classrooms differently by region and subject area.

Author Biography

  • Randal Wilson, Murray State University

    This ex-post-facto study was conducted on Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers across the country. Covid-19 has disrupted education, and while studies have concentrated on its effects on K-12 classrooms, few have investigated CTE. Research suggested that Covid-19 had a significant impact on CTE classrooms and teachers’ use of instructional strategies. For example, due to Health Sciences dependence on in person interaction for effective completion of program and clinical requirements, those teachers were more affected by Covid-19 than agriculture, business, marketing, and information technology teachers because these teachers had curricula where the usage of technology was already embedded. Consequently, these areas were less affected by Covid-19 than disciplines such as family consumer sciences and human services which required more hands-on interaction. Varying teacher preparation methods as well as different routes to certification could also cause some teachers to be more prepared for online education and pandemic mitigation strategies. Future research should be conducted to identify why Covid-19 has affected CTE classrooms differently by region and subject area.

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2022-11-01

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Walker, J., Wilson, R., Atkins, C., & Parr, K. (2022). An Investigation into the Effects of Covid-19 on Career and Technical Education Classrooms. Journal of Research In Business Education, 62(1), 65-76. https://jrbe.nbea.org/index.php/jrbe/article/view/11

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