ERIC Number: ED373182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Tech Prep & Technology Education: A Positive Focus for Competitive Literacy.
Colelli, Leonard A.
Large numbers of graduates from the "general" high school curriculum have not developed the academic or technical competencies required for direct entry into the work force or postsecondary education. Tech prep (TP), which has been proposed as an alternative to the "general" high school curriculum, combines the following components: applied academics, a core of technical coursework within a specific professional cluster, and articulation of high school-level coursework with two- or four-year college coursework. TP focuses on technology rather than on science and enables students to develop the following: literacy in technology (in technology education); efficiency in technology (in vocational education); and professional expertise in technology (in associate and baccalaureate degree programs). The following actions are required if TP programs are to give students the competitive literacy required of a world-class work force: (1) include technology education as a core requirement in TP curricula; (2) use SCANS (Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) foundations and technical competencies as a benchmark to upgrade high school-level technology education courses; (3) develop TP curricula that provide entry-level articulation to a wide range of technology-related associate and baccalaureate programs; and (4) develop generous articulation agreements that will encourage teacher support of TP. (Contains 28 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Competition, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, High Schools, Program Content, Technological Literacy, Technology Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
International Technology Education Association, 1914 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1502.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Technology Education Association, Reston, VA.
Identifiers: Competitiveness; Tech Prep