ERIC Number: ED330870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Josephine County School District's Implementation Program for Applied Communications in Three High Schools. Final Report.
Houghton, Teri; Craemer, Ronda
Josephine County School District (Oregon) provided the Applied Communications modules to vocationally oriented students at its three high schools. The project's goal was to improve the communication skills of high school graduates. Each high school presented the program in a different manner; all offered English credit. Hidden Valley High School offered a year-long English class, taught jointly by an English teacher and a variety of vocational instructors. North Valley presented the program as a portion of advanced vocational courses. Approximately one-third of class time was devoted to the modules; the other two-thirds involved application of the concepts in a practical setting. Illinois Valley offered an Applied Business Communications class. The English and Business departments worked together to form a core curriculum and designed course content and structure. Students reported improved communication skills; the concept of applied curricula was introduced; and vocational and English teachers collaborated for the first time. A third-party evaluation found that students received substantially higher grades. (Appendixes, amounting to approximately two-thirds of the report, include a guide with implementation guidelines for Applied Communications; a case study for Hidden Valley; a report on a Hidden Valley supplemental, year-end student project; and Hidden Valley and North Valley student survey results.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Josephine County Unit School District, OR.