|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this study was to investigate student intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for joining and participating in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). Three research questions focused on factors influencing initial CTSO participation, factors motivating continued participation in CTSOs, and the impact of CTSO advisors on students’ continued CTSO participation.
A narrative research design using an electronic survey was distributed to CTSO students in two Missouri career centers. Twenty-one students representing five CTSOs participated in the research over a three-week period. Resulting data were analyzed and grouped into five themes representing intrinsic and extrinsic motivators. Fun/Social, Preparing for College, Technical Skills Competition, Family/Other, and Leadership. The results suggest students were more extrinsically motivated to join CTSOs (Fun/Social, Technical Skill Competitions) but intrinsic motivators (Leadership, College Preparation) contributed to continued participation in CTSOs. Data suggested advisors may also motivate students to participate and remain in CTSOs. Twelve recommendations are provided.||en_US