ERIC Number: ED327737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Articulation Models for Vocational Education. Information Series No. 343.
Articulation, the coordination of curricula at different levels of education in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness, has become increasingly important in secondary and postsecondary vocational-technical education. Among the types of articulation being practiced are time-shortened models, advanced skills models, and tech-prep models. Program articulation can be between individual secondary and postsecondary institutions, among groups of schools in a consortium, between two-year and four-year colleges, or between educational institutions and nonschool agencies that have training needs. Administrative policies and procedures regarding admissions, advanced placement credit, assessment, and transfer also need to be articulated. Five types of school-to-school articulation models currently exist: (1) tech-prep programs, in which the last 2 years of secondary vocational training are articulated with the first 2 years of postsecondary education; (2) cooperative education; (3) proprietary schools; (4) retention of at-risk students; and (5) college-to-college articulation. Three forms of nonschool partnerships are business and industry arrangements with educational institutions for training for their workers; government agencies providing career development for public employees through colleges; and the awarding of credit for military training. Factors that inhibit successful articulation are institutional policies and procedures, negative attitudes and resistance, and poor communication. Successful arrangements can be achieved through local and state leadership, involvement of key personnel, consensus on goals and purpose, formal written agreements, and positive human relations. (56 references) (SK)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Coordination, Credits, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Transfer Policy, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publications, Center on Education and Training for Employment, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (order no. IN343: $5.25).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.