ERIC Number: ED343792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Improving Science Education for Vocational Completers.
More than half of the high school students in the United States are in general and vocational programs. Students who complete vocational programs, however, score significantly lower on science achievement tests than do students in the academic curriculum nationwide. As work in business and industry becomes more technologically based, the differences between vocational and academic learning must be drastically reduced. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)-State Vocational Educaton Consortium's goals to raise significantly the basic competencies--mathematics, science, and communications--of students pursuing vocational studies at the secondary level must be achieved. This document discusses: (1) those goals; (2) strategies for raising science achievement; (3) the current science achievement of vocational completers using data from the 1988 National Assessment of Educational Progress tests in science, mathematics, and reading; (4) current conditions of science education for vocational completers; and (5) the challenges that face vocational and academic teachers. (KR)
Descriptors: Course Content, Educational Change, High Schools, Science Achievement, Science and Society, Science Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
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Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress