ERIC Number: ED259145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Academic/Vocational Project. Final Progress Report.
Jefferson County Board of Education, Louisville, KY.
The Shawnee High School/Detrick Vocational Center and Fairdale High School/Fairdale Vocational Center Academic/Vocational Projects are pilot programs designed to integrate academic and vocational studies in two Kentucky schools. In this project, students take their basic subjects at their high school and explore the vocational programs at the vocational centers two periods each day. Since the Fall semester of 1983, ninth- through twelfth-grade students have been involved in the program. The project has brought together academic and vocational education, made academic instruction more practical and usable for students who choose vocational education, correlated academic instruction with applied vocational skills, and provided an opportunity for students to begin vocational training in the ninth grade. The competency-based curriculum is correlated with the existing skills continuum in regular academic courses incorporating the vocabulary and jargon of vocational education. The learning center provides remediation and enrichment. The students who have elected to participate in this program have demonstrated a lower dropout rate than the general school population, test scores equal to or better than the identified control group, and a higher than average rate of students selecting a job preparation level vocational education curriculum in the eleventh and twelfth grades. It is recommended that schools considering the implementation of this program should start by offering it at the tenth-grade level first, then at the ninth grade level as the program gains acceptance. (An extensive list of filmstrips, videotapes, records, movies, and books, for career and vocational education is included in the report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, Competency Based Education, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Educational Resources, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Learning Resources Centers, Pilot Projects, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Board of Education, Louisville, KY.