ERIC Number: ED290024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Initiating Change in Secondary Education: Enhancing Basic Skills Acquisition and the School-to-Work Transition Using Research-Based Vocational Education Resources.
Dorsten, Linda Eberst; Smink, Jay
A study was conducted to describe some of the tools, techniques, and approaches that secondary school educators use to direct change activities. It presented early evidence of successful use of two sets of vocational education resource materials in 12 demonstration sites, 6 for each resource. The materials were "BASICS: Bridging Vocational and Academic Skills," which helps teachers provide students with the basic skills needed by today's work force, and "CONNECTIONS: School and Work Transitions," which helps ease the problems involved in the transition from school to work. Data were collected by a preimplementation survey of participants at an orientation workshop, telephone interviews with each site coordinator, and a survey of users after adoption of materials. Findings indicated that research-based vocational education resources offer how-to-do-it frameworks of ideas for teachers; help to defuse objections of staff and school boards who are resistant to change; set the climate for change; reinforce activities that teachers already do; and increase the credibility of a learning activity with students. Successful implementation called for extensive time and effort devoted to key activities and for ongoing support from administrators and educational leaders. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.