ERIC Number: ED073234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jun-20
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Development of Modular Courses in Vocational Curriculum to Facilitate Individualized Scheduling to Meet the Occupational Objectives of Each Student.
Staber, Richard; Everett, Carl
A restructuring of the vocational education curriculum at a rural high school in a consolidated school district was made, in order to ensure student-centered learning geared to student needs, specifically for occupational preparation. Changes made included introduction of semester-length courses. To facilitate the development of individualized schedules for attaining career objectives, a summer workshop included administrators, guidance counselors, a librarian, supervisors, and vocational teachers. Leaders in business and industry were used as resource staff, with semester-length courses and an occupational guidance program as innovative features for flexible modular planning. Parents were consulted about their children's vocational course placements, especially focusing on parents of potential drop-outs. The use of a locally-developed vocational preference card, vocational interest testing, and related evaluative records enabled the staff to select 34 students for admission to an area vocational school, in addition to aiding other students develop vocational interests and capabilities. It was concluded that cooperative work experience is significant, because over 80 percent of the vocational students were permanently employed upon graduation. Extensive program materials are appended. (AG)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Education, Career Guidance, Curriculum Development, Flexible Scheduling, Goal Orientation, High School Students, Individualized Programs, Potential Dropouts, Resource Materials, Resource Staff, Semester System, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Needs, Vocational Interests
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Continuing Education.; Central Columbia School District, Bloomsburg, PA.