ERIC Number: ED257968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
10 Recommendations for Improving Secondary Vocational Education.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
The Southern Regional Education Board's Commission for Educational Quality developed the following 10 recommendations for improving secondary vocational education programs in conjunction with academic achievement: (1) require students in vocational programs to meet the same basic skill standards on high school competency tests as any student seeking graduation; (2) recognize and/or redesign certain vocational high school courses to meet graduation requirements if such courses can be shown to lead to the mastery of specific learning outcomes of corresponding academic courses; (3) jointly develop, with assistance from both academic and vocational teachers, applied mathematics and science courses that take advantage of practical experiences; (4) remediate deficiencies in basic skills in poorly prepared students; (5) design pilot programs that link academic learning to practical vocational applications and meet academic graduation requirements; (6) concurrently, evaluate and strengthen teacher education programs to increase the academic competencies of vocational teachers and the applied teaching skills of academic teachers; (7) cooperate with employers and postsecondary institutions to develop "two plus two" programs in which a planned four-year curriculum connects the last two years of high school with two years of postsecondary study along with on-the-job learning; (8) encourage joint enrollment programs in which high school students who have completed the prerequisites enroll in postsecondary technical programs while completing high school; (9) redesign industrial arts courses to relate to modern technology; and (10) establish standards and initiatives for improving cooperative education as a method for on-the-job learning. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Articulation (Education), Basic Skills, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Industrial Arts, Program Improvement, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Southern Regional Education Board, 1340 Spring Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 ($2.50 handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.