ERIC Number: ED394580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Liberal Arts vs. Vocational Education: An Olympian Balancing Act.
Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, in New Mexico, implemented a project to enable liberal arts and vocational education faculty to share information and develop materials to help create a more cohesive curriculum for students. The project lasted two terms and sought specifically to enhance general education curricula with examples from vocational courses and the workplace; enhance career education with examples from the Arts and Science (A&S) curricula; increase communication among departmental faculty, employers, and advisory boards; and improve vocational students' attitudes towards required courses by illustrating career applications of educational content. Accomplishments of the project include the development and revision of course and instructional materials, the development of sample packets and lectures from employers and different professions, and increased communication between departments. Problems encountered in implementing the program include the absence of adequate evaluation methods, the need for team leader training, a lack of secretarial support, and the absence of an optional second year to allow departmental teams to continue. Participants highlighted the following as positive elements that should be replicated in future projects: (1) the team structure and the existence of lead A&S faculty; (2) bimonthly team leader meetings; (3) the ability of faculty to choose projects; (4) clearly stated expected results; (5) course release and hourly pay; and (6) positive attitudes and communication. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute NM
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.