ERIC Number: ED252666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Vocational Education in the Comprehensive High School: An Agenda for Improvement.
Lydecker, Toni, Ed.
A national conference was held to examine ways for improving vocational education in comprehensive high schools. One of the major ideas to emerge from the conference was that, like other high schools, comprehensive high schools offering a vocational component will have to make a commitment to excellence if they are to continue to serve a useful function. Particularly needed are the development of curricula with stiffer credit requirements and a more concentrated focus on the five new basics--reading, writing, mathematics, science, and computer technology. Such an improvement effort will demand a reassessment of the roles currently played in the comprehensive high school of the following factions and factors: administrative leadership, curriculum, teachers, the learning environment, integration of vocational and academic curricula, and research and evaluation. By taking the word "comprehensive" seriously, these schools can reach beyond their own limits to the total community to use community resources, build public support, collaborate with business and industry, and coordinate programs with other educational institutions to make the improvements necessary to achieve educational excellence. At the conference, 18 general educational goals were identified for achieving educational excellence in comprehensive high schools having a vocational component and various action plans were set forth for attaining these goals. (MN)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Change Strategies, Community Resources, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Fused Curriculum, Guidelines, High Schools, Leadership, Needs Assessment, Outreach Programs, Policy Formation, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Vocational Education
American Vocational Association, 2020 N. 14th Street, Arlington, VA 22201 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Vocational Association, Arlington, VA.