ERIC Number: ED317363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Vocational Coop Programs and Attendance--Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?
Harper, Virginia H.
Vocational cooperative education programs have a definite position in a comprehensive high school curriculum; however, concern has been expressed regarding whether students can fulfil academic requirements for graduation. The Raise Academics in Secondary Education bill in Florida requires more academic courses for graduation. In order for vocational cooperative programs to survive as electives in the curriculum, close attention and surveillance must be given to enforce existing attendance and grade average guidelines. Vocational cooperative programs are meant to enhance and broaden student learning, but the growing problem has been that the work programs overshadow the remainder of the curriculum, taking priority over attendance of regularly scheduled required courses, resulting in loss of credit, poor attitudes, and possibly discipline problems. A program was developed in a rural central Florida high school to address these problems through careful monitoring of class and work attendance. The objectives of this study were (1) attending required classes with at least a 90% attendance record; (2) maintaining a C or better grade point average; (3) improving student attitudes toward academic studies thereby improving faculty relationships with the cooperative programs. Appendices include (1) Student and Parent Agreement Form; (2) Vocational Coop Program Survey for students; (3) Vocational Coop Program Survey for Faculty; (4) Absence/Tardy Policy; (5) Weekly Grade Report Form; and (6) Vocational Coop Individual Student Profiles. A bibliography is included. (ALL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida