ERIC Number: ED267233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Teaching Basic Academic Skills in Secondary Vocational Classes.
Hallman, Patsy Johnson
Vocational teachers have a vital interest in students' developing competence in basic academic skills. They are aware that the teaching of basic skills must be a team effort between basic skills teachers and teachers of subject matter areas. Three basic academic skills that are taught in vocational classes are reading, writing, and mathematics. Reading is taught in vocational classes in many ways, varying from reading texts for new information to locating and using reference materials. A variety of approaches may be used when teaching reading; however, the SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Review, Recite) method is recommended by many authorities. Non-readers must be taught in appropriate ways as well as be referred for remedial help. Many opportunities occur in vocational classes for improving writing skills, such as writing papers and having them corrected. Finally, using mathematical skills is an integral part of all vocational classes. For example, products are compared, work time plans are made, income is figured, and market orders are entered. The mathematical skills developed in vocational classes are valuable because they consist of real, concrete, hands-on experiences. Although vocational teachers have always taught basic skills, it is now important to identify how they incorporate the basic skills in classes, to teach the skills effectively, and to let the public know that they are teaching basic academic skills in vocational classes. (This paper contains numerous examples of ways to incorporate basic skills in vocational classes.) (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the National Vocational Home Economics Education Conference (Columbus, OH, February 1986).