ERIC Number: ED367787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-2
Reference Count: N/A
Contextual Learning and Tech Prep Curriculum Integration.
Because tech prep has the twin goals of preparing students for entry into postsecondary/continuing education or the work force after high school, tech prep programs require significant modification of conventional curricula and teaching methodologies. Both research and experience have demonstrated that the ability to transfer learning from one situation to another must be learned and that such learning is most effective when students are highly motivated, active participants rather than passive recipients of information and are taught within a contextualized environment. As a strategy for improving the learning environment, integration has three dimensions. The horizontal dimension involves multiple linkages among areas of the curriculum that are currently considered specific disciplines, the vertical dimension involves not only direct links among the different levels of education but also reconsideration of the sequencing of content in given areas of study, and the third dimension involves connecting new knowledge with work and life experience. This third dimension of integration is the basis of applied academics. Two curriculum models based on the three-dimensions of integration are the curriculum clusters model and the value-centered curriculum model. Each may be adapted to tech prep programs. (Contains 17 figures.) (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Contextualized Learning Environments; Tech Prep
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (Nashville, TN, December 2, 1993).