ERIC Number: ED350396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Integrating High School English and Vocational Education through Teacher Collaboration, Cross-Curricula Activities, and Applied Communications.
The aim of a practicum was to integrate language arts and vocational education at the high school level. The following strategies were used: collaboration with vocational teachers; development of cross-curricula activities; reinforcement and evaluation of communication skills in the vocational areas; infusion of occupational relevancy into academics; facilitation of cooperative learning and relevant problem solving; and staff, counselor, and administrator orientation. Two corollary aims were to increase students' communication skills as measured by the State Scholastic Aptitude Test (SSAT) Part 1, and to reduce the dropout rate. Targeted subjects were 100 high school seniors enrolled in 2 Basic Skills English classes and 60 sophomores and juniors enrolled in 3 English II classes. A comprehensive integration plan was designed in which solution strategies were implemented and incorporated into normal class schedules over 35 weeks. Results were positive; objectives were met. Data (teacher and student surveys) revealed the following: (1) teacher collaboration, cross-curricular activities, and applied communication skills could increase integration; (2) students' communication skills increased 5 percent as measured by the SSAT; and (3) the dropout rate was reduced compared to nonpracticum English students. (Appendixes include 57 references; English curricula; surveys and results; memos to teachers; and teacher/administrator and parent orientation materials.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Basic Skills, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, English Instruction, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Practicums, Problem Solving, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, School Restructuring, Team Teaching, Technological Literacy, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.