ERIC Number: ED337680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Alternatives to Social Promotion Program at Grades 7 & 8. Final Report.
Wircenski, Jerry L.; Sarkees, Michelle D.
This final report and curriculum guide are products of a project conducted to improve existing at-risk programs through cooperation between vocational and academic personnel by coordinating lesson plans. The following project activities are described: (1) a literature review on the diverse needs of at-risk students enrolled in an alternative to social promotion program containing a vocational component; (2) development of a model program implementation design that addressed course requirements, counseling and guidance strategies, career awareness/investigation leading to vocational assessment, and generalizable skills; (3) development of a curriculum that coordinated the essential elements of academic courses with vocational education; (4) description of effective teaching strategies; and (5) piloting in five school districts. The 12-page final report (plus appended correspondence and evaluation forms) is followed by model lesson plans for the coordinated curriculum for grades 7 and 8. An implementation guide is provided. The lesson plans are given for four interdisciplinary subjects: computer technology/mathematics, English/small engine repair, U.S. history/business office services, life management skills/reading, and earth science/home economics. Components of each lesson plan are as follows: lesson topic(s), required resources/arrangements, teaching method(s), introduction, learning activity, delivery of content, student evaluation, summary, and handouts or transparency masters. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Computers, Curriculum Development, Daily Living Skills, Demonstration Programs, Dropout Prevention, Earth Science, English, Grade 7, Grade 8, High Risk Students, Home Economics, Integrated Curriculum, Junior High Schools, Lesson Plans, Mathematics, Middle Schools, Models, Nontraditional Education, Office Occupations Education, Potential Dropouts, Program Implementation, Reading, Small Engine Mechanics, Social Promotion, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, United States History, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: North Texas Univ., Denton.