ERIC Number: ED338901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
An Uncommon Education: Interaction and Innovation.
Beck, Robert H.; And Others
During 1990, a model of general education in which academic studies were challenged by a new vision of vocational preparation was pilot tested. Anticipated outcomes were a renovation of academic and vocational education through the interaction of collaborating teachers and an enriched form of vocational education. The pilot testing involved seven steps: (1) selection of sites--a large metropolitan area in Minnesota and a rural area in Wisconsin; (2) selection of five vocational and five academic teachers at each site; (3) planning and staff development with educators from each pilot site; (4) review and development of the curriculum units; (5) teaching of the curriculum; (6) assessment of the impact of the curriculum intervention; and (7) data analysis and reporting. Evidence was collected through observation, interviews, and student questionnaires. Students reached the planned objectives of the unit of instruction, experienced a richer general education and a different vocational education, exhibited a positive attitude change, and perceived teachers as working together. Teachers taught new content, organized and presented material differently, learned how to continue collaboration, and improved communication among themselves. Recommendations are made for more field work to expand and refine knowledge on integration and innovation in vocational and academic education and research to restructure and redesign the comprehensive high school. (Appendixes include a list of 18 references, materials to support project planning, a chart showing research questions and data collection strategy, and data collection instruments.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Interaction, Pilot Projects, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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.