ERIC Number: ED354363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-7
Preparing Leaders for a World-Class Workforce: Integrating Academic and Vocational Education.
Cobb, R. Brian
Integration of academic and vocational curricula is just one of an arsenal of processes that school leaders can use to improve delivery of curriculum and instruction. It holds great promise in enhancing acquisition of basic skills necessary in an increasingly technological and socially complex workplace. The variations in which integration can occur are extensive, spanning curriculum, personnel, and organizational facilities. In practice, integration has resulted in significant improvements in student performance and employment results. Students in academic and vocational tracks have learned cooperation and increased their ability to transfer skills. Teachers have benefited through improved communication between instructors, increased job satisfaction, and new knowledge of real-world applications of theory. The skills teachers and counselors need to be successfully involved in integration efforts reflect those needed by today's work force: teaming, cooperative learning, joint planning, and interpersonal skills. Teacher educators have opportunities to instill in future teachers the commitment to integrated teaching. Curriculum developers have a responsibility to provide materials that model integration. School counselor educators need to instill a commitment to implement comprehensive school counseling and guidance programs. Research is needed on the effects of and planning for integrated teaching at the preservice and public school levels. (Contains 36 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Basic Skills, Counselor Educators, Counselor Role, Counselor Training, Curriculum Development, Educational Benefits, Integrated Curriculum, Labor Force Development, Preservice Teacher Education, Secondary Education, Teacher Educators, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role, Teaching Skills, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (St. Louis, MO, December 7, 1992).