ERIC Number: ED391054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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The Potential of Tech Prep Programs.
Land, Warren A.; Land, Elizabeth R.
Published studies of tech prep were reviewed to identify and assess tech prep's potential for improving secondary-level educational programs in general and in Mississippi in particular. The beginnings of tech prep in Mississippi were traced to community colleges in the late 1960s-early 1970s. In the 1990s, operation of tech prep programs was shifted to high schools in partnerships with Mississippi's community colleges. Although tech prep in Mississippi was viewed as having potential value for all students, its greatest contributions to date may have been for the large group of middle-ability students who are estimated to constitute 40-60% of the secondary student body, including some potential dropouts. Like many states, Mississippi has designed tech prep to include hands-on programs in math, science, and communications in grades 7-9 that emphasize problem solving and decision making. In grades 11-12, the emphasis of tech prep shifts to applying academic theory in solving practical problems. Despite substantial differences between the various states' plans for tech prep, most consider helping students see the relationship between theoretical academics and practical problems to be a strong feature. According to the literature reviewed, 35 states either have implemented or plan to implement tech prep programs. (Contains 19 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).