ERIC Number: ED361486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational + Academic Integration: Preparing Texas Students for the Work Force. Evaluation Report.
Texas State Council on Vocational Education, Austin.
In a study of integration of vocational and academic education in Texas, administrators of a stratified random sample of 112 school districts in the state were surveyed, and 65% responded. Steps toward integration were being taken in 84% of the districts; however, only four districts have implemented integration plans described as comprehensive. Health occupations, trade and industrial, and English courses were the most likely to be integrated. Vocational students at integration sites were found to have closed the achievement gap with college prep students by 89% in reading, 36% in math, and 75% in science. Insufficient release and preparation time for teachers was identified as the main obstacle to integration. Perkins funds for integration were spent most frequently on staff development, computer and software purchases, and additional career counselors and guidance activities. Ten recommendations for increasing integration of vocational and academic education were formulated. (Appended are the following: the administrator survey, a list of integration pilot sites, and a position statement of the Florida, New York, and Texas state councils on vocational education in reference to incorporating integration of vocational and academic education into the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Federal Legislation, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Outcomes of Education, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Public Policy, Questionnaires, School Districts, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Council on Vocational Education, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990; Elementary and Secondary Education Act