ERIC Number: ED311578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Education, Technology, and the Texas Economy, Volume 3: Vocational Preparation. Policy Research Project Report Number 85.
Texas Univ., Austin. Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
To remain a high wage, high income society, attention must be focused on America's learning system. Educated workers and citizens should have a better grasp of technology, and vocational-technical subjects taught in the schools must contain greater academic, abstract, theoretical, and conceptual content. Reforming vocational-technical programs will require an emphasis on standards, motivation, modern technology, and relevance. Higher salaries and greater learning system control by teachers will also be necessary. The current trend in economic development on the state level is to facilitate private sector efforts. Among such approaches aimed at basic skills education, business/school partnerships offer the most promising alternatives. Basic requirements for a successful partnership include shared, focused goals; effective communication; and coordination. Another strategy to improve vocational education is "two-plus-two" advanced skill programs, which link the final two years of secondary education with training at a junior, technical, or community college. By offering competency-based education and alternative instructional methods for applied mathematics and science, these programs show promise for strengthening both the academic and the vocational skills of Texas' future work force. The need for information regarding the various articulation options is of utmost importance; the dissemination of ongoing pilot "two-plus-two" programs and of articulation improvement strategies will greatly support the restructuring and upgrading of vocational education throughout Texas. (72 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas