Engaging Instruction


Engaging instruction is one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. This element addresses instructional strategies within a student-centered learning environment that support student attainment of relevant knowledge and skills. The following reports, articles, guides and toolkits can help you provide high-quality, engaging instruction.

Instructional Strategies and Tools

Case Study: Transforming CTE Learning Through Mixed Reality
Carbenia, ACTE Techniques Magazine, October 2017

Teachers in Florida’s St. Lucie Public Schools are using zSpace, which combines elements of virtual reality and augmented reality, to create interactive experiences for a diverse group of CTE students.

Tech Tools Fuel Today’s CTE & Inspire Tomorrow’s World Leaders
Mumm, ACTE Techniques Magazine, October 2017

The author describes how to deliver project-based learning in a fabrication or fab lab setting.

Teaching In-Demand Skills: How Healthcare Educators Engage Today’s Students
Kuhn, ACTE Techniques Magazine, October 2017

Health care educators are using simulators and other high-tech tools to engage new generations of students.

Incorporating Guided and Open Inquiry Into the CTE Classroom
Schwartz, ACTE Techniques Magazine, September 2017

This article discusses the benefits of incorporating varied levels of inquiry-based learning in the CTE classroom.

Project-based World Series
Getting Smart and the Buck Institute for Education

This trio of publications defines the skills and mindsets needed for a project-based world, and explores how teachers and students can be prepared for this world. Preparing Students for a Project-based World includes recommendations and a project-based learning quick start guide.

Columbia Area Career Center Project-based Learning: A Formula for Rapid Results
Southern Regional Education Board High Schools That Work, June 2017

This case study describes how Columbia Area Career Center implemented project-based learning schoolwide in less than a year.

Ensuring Equity in Problem-based Learning Toolkit ($)
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

An equitable problem-based learning approach can positively affect marginalized groups. This publication provides strategies that educators can use to make their problem-based learning practices more equitable. It incorporates detailed professional learning community guides and a reflection tool to support evaluation.

Contextualized Teaching and Learning: A Faculty Primer
Center for Student Success/RP Group, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Basic Skills Initiative and Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative, 2009

This report examines contextualized teaching and learning as a promising set of strategies and practices, with particular reference to California’s Basic Skills Initiative. It reviews a range of contextualized teaching and learning practices from the faculty/program director perspective, and includes a set of considerations for community college faculty and leaders.

Engaging Students in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: A Brief Review of the Literature
McCormick, Clark and Raines, Journal of Studies in Education, 2015

This journal article reviews the body of research on teaching critical thinking and problem solving and identifies overarching themes, including student involvement, learning styles, student motivation and instructor perceptions and behaviors.

Analysis of Teachers’ Adoption of Technology for Use in Instruction in Seven Career and Technical Education Programs ($)
Kotrlik and Redmann, Career and Technical Education Research, 2009

The researchers analyzed how secondary CTE teachers are using technology in instruction. Technology training sources, technology available, technology adoption, technology anxiety and barriers to technology integration were compared by CTE program area.

Journal Writing in Career and Technical Education: A Tool to Promote Critical-Thinking Skills
Cooper, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 2006

Used effectively, journal writing as a teaching method promotes critical thinking and learning skills in CTE students.