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Fiddlers Green College: Looking for Equitable Workforce Pathways in Silicon Valley

  • Author(s): Montoya, Jonathan Lee;
  • Peterson, Forest O;
  • Kinslow, Anthony, ll;
  • Fruchter, Renate;
  • Fischer, Martin;
  • Bustamante, Andres S
  • et al.

Often, research on the efficacy of postsecondary workforce programs does not convey their impact on true social mobility. The purpose of this study is to investigate project-based Career and Technical Education (CTE) workforce pathways in Silicon Valley. 1 This study takes a step towards better understanding what constitutes the metrics that explain functioning pathways. In contributing to Project-Based Learning (PBL) theory, Amaral et al. (2015) found that seven PBL essentials form good learning outcomes; Creghan and Adair-Creghan (2015) then showed a measurable outcome of PBL is higher attendance, to which Plasman and Gottfried (2020), using a case of Applied STEM CTE (AS-CTE), framed attendance as a predictor of the efficacy of a workforce pathway. Recommendation: Through ethnography, the investigators observed that when social mobility was added as a metric of high quality PBL with AS-CTE in a predictive ontology framework of education success, an improved level of attendance was observed. The authors conclude that using the seven essentials and social mobility as a metric of PBL helps explain the observation of PBL's improved efficacy. Hence, social mobility should be a metric of PBL AS-CTE program outcomes.

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