ERIC Number: ED354283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Academic and Vocational Education: An Equitable Way To Prepare Middle Level Students for the Future. ERIC/CUE Digest, Number 83.
Berryman, Sue E.; And Others
This digest describes efforts to improve academic learning for middle level high school students to be applied practically to develop workplace competence and flexibility by integrating academic and vocational education. Following an introduction describing the need to prepare students for working life is a paragraph describing generally the integrated strategy that is the subject of this digest. That section describes a program of sequential courses that allows students to achieve vocational competencies as it fosters learning of abstract or theoretical concepts under applied conditions. It replaces job-specific instruction of traditional vocational education with contextualized knowledge that provides students with a range of problem-solving and employability skills. The next section describes eight models of school organization from incorporating more academic content into vocational courses to career academies, to replacing departments with occupational clusters. A discussion of the benefits of integrating academic and vocational education examines student motivation, workplace links, equity, educationally rich learning, changes in school organization, and a qualified work force. A final section reviews implementation and covers student orientation, curriculum and assessment, teacher roles, and school organization. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Equal Education, High School Students, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Models, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education, Vocational High Schools
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Teachers College, Box 40, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.