ERIC Number: ED342925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Articulation: The Development of Tech Prep Programs.
"Tech prep" is the term given to vocational education programs that provide preparation for technical careers. These programs often include an articulated curriculum of 2 years of high school and 2 years of postsecondary education with work experience components. This report describes tech prep as it currently exists, based on data collected from nationwide visits to secondary and postsecondary institutions, participation in conferences, and an extensive literature review. The report contains four sections. The first section examines the social framework in which vocational education operates, including the economic and social forces that have shaped the tech prep movement. The second section describes current tech prep programs. Four components common to most of the tech prep programs are identified: information/marketing campaigns; curriculum development; career guidance; and program improvement. The third section provides information on establishing articulation agreements. The final section reviews the basic structural issues underlying the delivery of education, including federal and state policies and relationships. A list of 59 references is included. Appendixes, which make up more than half the document, include the following: a list of conferences attended, site visits made, and documents reviewed; sample brochures, newsletters, and student handbooks; counselors'/teachers' manuals from various tech prep programs; summer institute and conference agendas; drafting program description from two colleges; a career center description and career planning form; articulation agreements; mission statements; and a copy of the Tech Prep Education Act of 1990. (KC)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Career Development, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Demonstration Programs, Federal Legislation, High Schools, Higher Education, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Skilled Occupations, Teaching Methods, Technical Education, Technical Occupations, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.
IES Cited: EJ612318