ERIC Number: ED354323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
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Relationship of Technology Education to Tech Prep.
Anderson, Lowell D.
With increased global competition, it is imperative that secondary school programs be reformed so as to be able to turn out productive workers having basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics and the ability to solve problems and learn new information. One proposed reform, tech prep, can be defined as a technical education alternative to the college preparatory program articulated with a two-year postsecondary associate degree program. The tech prep program should run parallel to the college preparatory program, it should build an advanced skills technical education, and it should incorporate real-life applications of the curriculum using a competency-based approach designed to provide employability skills. Many different models of tech prep have been proposed, such as the Center for Occupational Research and Development's Tech Prep/Associate Degree program, which encompasses kindergarten through lifelong learning; the Perkins Act model; and the Indiana model. Several delivery systems for tech prep can be synthesized from these approaches. Although technology education would be assumed to be a part of tech prep, the literature does not support this position. Therefore, technology educators must make an aggressive effort to be included in tech prep. Nine propositions for the relationship of technology education to tech prep should be considered as the tech prep model is developed. (Contains 26 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Integrated Curriculum, Models, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Technology, Technology Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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