Faculty & Research

Recent Publications - Journal Articles

Teacher perspectives on career relevant curriculum in middle school. Research in Middle Level Education.

Akos, P., Charles, P., Orthner, D., & Cooley, V.
(In Press)

Relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory all describe the curriculum desirable in middle school (National Middle School Association, 2003). Career relevant curriculum is one prominent strategy utilized by schools since the 1970s to achieve these goals. Systematic, integrated, and contemporary efforts at career education often engage core teachers who plan and deliver the curriculum.  A measure was created to assess teacher perspectives of career education efforts in middle school. A two-factor structure (career integration and future orientation) was demonstrated in exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of the survey. Results from 291 middle school teachers reveal the potential of career education infusion into the core curriculum, with nominal but statistically significant differences in gender, subject matter, and socioeconomic status of the school. Implications for middle school educators are provided.