ERIC Number: ED298656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Making Common Cause: Integrating Academic and Vocational Studies.
Harrington, Lois G.
Curriculum Report, v18 n1 Sep 1988
This bulletin argues that by integrating academic and vocational instruction into a unified curriculum, schools can ensure that students are better prepared to meet the challenges of careers and a changing society. Vocational education provides three broad areas of skills: entry level job skills, employability skills, and employment skills. But despite the current separation of the curricula, vocational education does not exist apart from academics, and some vocational subjects require a great deal of academic skill. Therefore, integrating academic and vocational instruction into a unified curriculum is a way of better ensuring that non-college-bound students are prepared for life in a changing work world and a complex society. Four examples are described of school settings that are integrating academic and vocational instruction: Dauphin County Area Vocational Technical School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Corvallis School District, Oregon; Great Oaks Joint Vocational School District in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Sandy Union High School in Sandy, Oregon. The report concludes with general recommendations for integrating academic and vocational instruction, and 12 references are included. (TE)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Business Education, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Job Skills, Office Occupations Education, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Interests
Publications, NASSP, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($1.50; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.