ERIC Number: ED352507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
New Designs for the Comprehensive High School. Executive Summary Report. A New Vision for the Comprehensive High School: Preparing Students for a Changing World.
Copa, George H.; Pease, Virginia H.
A 2-year project to specify new designs for the comprehensive high school of the future identified the following important features: (1) a guaranteed set of learner outcomes closely linked to present and future life roles and responsibilities for all students; (2) learning applied to life situations, using authentic assessment; (3) multiple ways to learn; (4) integration of high-level academic education and modern vocational education for all; (5) partnerships with parents and families, business, industry and labor, community-based organizations, and other schools to diversify learning settings and to make learning up-to-date and meaningful; (6) a special learning signature that gives coherence and spirit to learning; (7) operation as a learning community that may require the subdivision of large schools into smaller units; (8) alignment and unification of all school components to achieve quality and efficiency; (9) an engaging learning environment that naturally leads to cooperative experiential learning; (10) staffing that encourages teamwork, attention to unique learning needs, and full use of educational talent and energy in the school and community; (11) extensive use of learning technology; (12) decision making consistent with overall aims, yet close to the problem at hand; and (13) costs that do not exceed current budget. (Among topics discussed in the document are the "design-down" process, learner outcomes, the learning process, the learning organization, decision-making, learning partnerships, staff and staff development, learning technology, and an archetype for a new facility, illustrated with architectural drawings.) (CML)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum Design, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Learning Processes, Outcomes of Education, Program Content, Program Development, Relevance (Education), Secondary School Curriculum, Vocational Education
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.
Note: For related documents, see CE 062 663-676.