ERIC Number: ED262179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul-24
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of the Vocational Cluster System. Final Report.
Oregon Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, Salem.
A review was conducted of the occupational clusters used to organize the delivery of secondary vocational education in Oregon. The review focused on issues related to Oregon's current and projected labor market needs, national occupational and industrial trends, and the common skills and competencies that form the basis for organizing occupations and training programs into clusters. A review of literature gathered from throughout the country strongly supported the delivery of broadly based vocational education programs at the secondary level that would provide students with basic skills and knowledge required for entry-level employment. As a result of this research, a proposed new cluster configuration was developed. Five of the clusters remained basically unchanged after review by project staff and the advisory committee. Two existing clusters, service and electricity/electronics, were subdived to relate instruction more closely to industries. New or altered clusters reflect restructuring of the Oregon economy, technological advances, and changes in job descriptions and duties. The advisory committee recommended that clusters should provide options for all students, that articulation between high schools and community colleges should be strengthened, that common competencies for each cluster should be identified on the basis of task analysis, and that teaching staff should be given inservice education on revised clusters. Other recommendations were made for the implementation of revised clusters and for a continuing program of cluster revision to meet changing economic conditions. The occupational clusters are listed and explained in this report. (KC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Demand Occupations, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Labor Needs, Occupational Clusters, Program Improvement, Research Methodology, Secondary Education, State Curriculum Guides, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, Salem.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon