ERIC Number: ED323339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Improving Outcomes for Students with Special Needs: Integrating Academic and Vocational Education. TASPP Brief Volume 2, Number 1.
Educational reform efforts have thus far excluded vocational education. Recently, there has been a great deal of interest in reevaluating vocational education's role in facilitating academic excellence and economic competitiveness. Inadequate basic skills remain a significant and growing problem. There is a direct relationship between basic skills and the economic well-being of individuals, families, and businesses as well as the country. A better understanding of what basic skills employers want appears necessary to identifying which skills students should be learning in school. The following benefits of integrating academic and vocational education have been observed: increased quality of vocational instruction; increased quality of academic instruction; upgraded curriculum; improved "coherence" in sequencing of 4-year programs of study; improved integration and increased understanding between academic and vocational teachers; decreased segregation of academic and vocational students; and increased enthusiasm of teachers for teaching and students for learning. There is no one model for integrating academic and vocational course work that can or should be considered the best approach for all students or all schools. Care must be taken so that large groups of students, especially those most at risk of academic and economic failure, are not excluded from such efforts. (15 references) (CML)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Basic Skills, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Employer Attitudes, Employment Qualifications, Integrated Curriculum, Outcomes of Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, Vocational Education
TASPP, 345 Education Bldg., 1310 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (single copies free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: Product of the Technical Assistance for Special Populations Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Site.