ERIC Number: ED202619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-17
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Expansion Efforts of a Small High School. Report.
Liberty High School's experimental project using correspondence courses to expand curriculum offerings, begun in 1977, increased vocational offerings from 12 to nearly 2,000 by 1979 and provided career exploration opportunities for its 187 students. All students and incoming freshmen for 1977-78 had an opportunity to select at least one correspondence vocational course which matched their interests or needs. Students were counseled during the course selection process and given the California Occupational Preference System to help determine their interests. The Occupation Outlook Handbook helped them select courses to conform with job market needs. Trial lessons were used to determine students' abilities to cope with chosen courses. Because two teachers and an aide were assigned to the correspondence students, the program provided individualized instruction. Student involvement doubled from the first year to the second (from 11% of the student body enrolled the first year to 24% the second year); the students were more committed to their training than most regular students. Male and female students were encouraged to break stereotypes by trying areas of interest rather than those dictated by tradition. The project also gave many opportunities to special needs students (handicapped and disadvantaged). There were no school dropouts during the project. (CM)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Career Exploration, Correspondence Study, Curriculum Enrichment, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Dropout Rate, High School Students, Individualized Instruction, Program Effectiveness, Rural Schools, School Districts, Secondary Education, Sex Stereotypes, Small Schools, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Liberty School District, Spangle, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington