ERIC Number: ED315547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Exemplary Secondary Vocational Education: An Exploratory Study of Seven Programs.
Hayward, Becky J.; And Others
A study was conducted to explore the question of what works in secondary vocational education--whether exemplary vocational programs can be identified, whether their key features can be described, and whether there are lessons to be learned that can assist others in devising strategies to improve secondary vocational education. Methodology included review of recent research, consultation with a panel of experts, preparation of detailed case studies based on site visits to seven high schools, and analysis of issues relevant to the implementation of the programs elsewhere. The schools studied were the following: Washington High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Fridley High School, Fridley, Minnesota; High School Academies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Walter Biddle Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences, Philadelphia; A. Philip Randolph Skills Center, Philadelphia; Wright Vocational Cooperative Center, Buffalo, Minnesota; and Woodland Cooperative Center, Staples, Minnesota. Among the chief findings were the following characteristics of exemplary programs: (1) clear and uniform understanding among administrators, teachers, parents, and students concerning the goals of vocational education; (2) consistent attention to the development of student self-esteem; (3) strong programs of school leadership; (4) inclusion of employability skills development in the curriculum; (5) presence of a strong cooperative education component; and (6) implementation of strategies to provide effective programs for special needs students. There is some evidence that these models can be adapted and implemented in other vocational education programs. (The case studies and 67 references are included in the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Assessment of Vocational Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see ED 283 020, ED 290 881, ED 299 412, ED 297 150, CE 053 752-774, and CE 053 783-797.