Date of Award

Winter 1997

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Urban Services - Urban Education

Committee Director

John M. Ritz

Committee Member

Rebecca S. Bowers

Committee Member

Walter F. Deal, III

Committee Member

Wolfgang Pindur

Committee Member

Donna B. Evans


The present study has been implemented to provide insight as to how, given limited resources, Technology Education curricula might be developed to best support the unique goals of an urban middle school aerospace magnet program. It was hypothesized that applied academic strategies, including interdisciplinary hands-on aerospace and computer-assisted instructional activities, would affect larger gains in mathematics achievement and would enhance career-interest development of urban seventh-grade students to a greater degree than would non-participation in such instruction. A randomized subjects, pretest-posttest control group design was used to assess treatment effects upon 71 urban seventh-grade students. Dependent variables were measured using the The Metropolitan Achievement Test, Sixth Edition-Mathematics Survey Tests (MAT6)$\sp\circler$ and the Interest Determination, Exploration and Assessment System$\sp\circler.$ Significant gains in mathematics achievement were made in applying mathematical concepts and computational processes to the solution of mathematical problems as a result of treatment conditions only. Measures of career interests indicated significant decreases in interest levels of treatment subjects in Social and Conventional themes which included the fields of Community Service, Educating, Child Care, and Office Practices. However, inferences were inconsistent and more research has been recommended.