ERIC Number: ED311283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Maximizing Potential: For High-Quality Participation in the New Work Force. A Report of the Modernization Study on Vocational Education K-12.
North Dakota State Council on Vocational Education, Bismarck.
A study was initiated to identify desired outcomes for students completing their secondary vocational education experience and a model curricular framework. A steering committee then expanded the scope of the study to include elementary students. The study included: (1) a review of literature; (2) a survey sent to 482 teachers, administrators, school board members, legislators, and state educational boards and councils; and (3) public focus groups. The survey response rate was 69 percent. The data were analyzed in two sections: perception of current and past vocational education practices, and perception of academic and vocational experiences. Respondents agreed that there should be a greater emphasis on partnerships with business and community groups, an updating of the system, greater integration of academic and vocational education, more emphasis on systematic staff development, more emphasis on teaching concepts, and greater delineation of student competencies and performance standards. The study concluded that the desired student outcomes need to address applied academic skills; workplace basic skills; basic living skills; technological literacy; technology orientation and exploration; and technology and entrepreneurial studies. Eight recommendations were made to the State Board of Education to modernize vocational education. (Two appendices--Study Results and Modular Curricular Framework--and a 15-item bibliography are attached.) (NLL)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Basic Skills, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Potential, Entrepreneurship, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Mail Surveys, Modernization, Outcomes of Education, Public Opinion, School Business Relationship, State Standards, Technological Literacy, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota State Council on Vocational Education, Bismarck.
Identifiers - Location: North Dakota