Do They Feel Ready? Self-Efficacy of Career and Technical Education High School Student
This study examined the relationship between students' completion of a series of career and technical education (CTE) courses and earning industry-recognized credentials and feeling a sense of self-efficacy toward employment pursuits. The non-experimental, quantitative study, framed within Social Cognitive Career Theory, used a correlational research design. The results showed a positive correlation between CTE course-taking and industry-recognized credentials as well as the self-efficacy variables of perseverance and performance. The implications include the benefits of mastery experiences in building self-efficacy and of integrating academic and vocational subjects, both of which can increase the transference of skills across disciplines.