ERIC Number: ED345023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Vocational Teacher Education at Northern Illinois University. Final Report.
Northern Illinois Univ., De Kalb.
A project was conducted to improve the vocational teacher education program at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Project activities were based on five objectives. To meet the first objective of revitalizing recruitment strategies for the program, three brochures and a recruiting poster were developed. The materials were to be sent to all high school and community college vocational directors in northern Illinois. To meet the second objective of developing inservice and preservice strategies, more attention was paid to methods classes. To meet the third objective of improving relationships among university departments involved with teacher education and with teacher education programs at other universities in the state, two symposia were sponsored, focusing on legislation and integrating academics. To meet the fourth objective, an assessment of the program was made, identifying strengths in faculty, curriculum, location, and communications, and weaknesses in low enrollment, recruitment needs, and plan and materials. Recommendations were made for improving recruitment practices, revising curriculum, and increasing enrollment. To meet the final objective, NIU mentoring was examined and was shown to have some merit but to be not practical for continuation at the time. The project's chief benefit was the interaction of the project staff and renewal of enthusiasm. (Appendixes, half the document, are summary discussions of integration of academic and vocational education and of the applicability to vocational education of the Paideia Proposal, which bases curriculum on great books.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, College Programs, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, High Schools, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Improvement, Student Recruitment, Teacher Education Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Dept. of Adult, Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., De Kalb.