ERIC Number: ED418760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Blurring the Lines: Integrating Academic and Occupational Instruction at the Community College. A White Paper by the Illinois Task Force on Academic/Occupational Integration.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
This report concerns integrating academic and occupational instruction at the community college level. Such integration would be conducive to preparing a competitive workforce, providing a broader educational foundation, shifting from teaching to learning, and building bridges between disciplines in the community college. There are several approaches to curriculum integration. The simplest and most convenient is to combine academic with occupational content, applying both in all classes. A second method is the use of multidisciplinary courses that emphasize broader social, political, philosophical, and ethical issues. A third method, using linked or cluster courses, involves "linking" two or more courses to provide an integrated, complementary effort. A fourth method, learning communities, clusters programs or coordinated courses into common core of outcomes. Finally, technology-enhanced integration facilitates learning by breaking down conventional educational barriers of time and place. Whatever the method used, integration is expensive, and leadership and commitment from community college administration are essential to its success. 39 references. (YKH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Financial Support, Integrated Activities, Integrated Curriculum, Integrated Learning Systems, Interdisciplinary Approach, Job Training, Organizational Objectives, Professional Development, Program Implementation, State Aid, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.