ERIC Number: ED363700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Enhanced Vocational Education: Developing a District-Wide Dropout Prevention Program. A Series of Solutions and Strategies. Number 7.
Hamby, John V.; Monaco, Fred A.
Educators, business and government leaders in the public sector are attempting to provide a kind of comprehensive, effective education for all students by designing a new approach to education which will: (1) eliminate the educationally embarrassing general education track which leads students into an academic and vocational dead end; (2) improve the connection between school and work in this country, which has the worst school-to-industry transition program of any industrialized nation; (3) integrate academic and vocational curriculum to enhance the relevance of course content to work; and (4) make school more relevant, caring, responsive, and student-centered for the large number of students not academically gifted or college bound. The concept of Enhanced Vocational Education (EVE), which combines these ideas with the findings of a 3-year project funded in 10 demonstration sites throughout the United States by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, is the focus of this monograph. EVE is an expanded vision of vocational education that combines proven vocational education and dropout prevention practices. This document outlines strategies for developing a district-wide dropout prevention program based on the EVE concept. A suggested EVE curriculum includes content in the following four areas: applied academics, vocational-technical education, employability skills training, and life-development skills training. The following elements of a comprehensive educational support system are described: instructional strategies, counseling, student management and discipline, flexible scheduling, small class size, transportation, community collaboration, and parental and family involvement. A section on integrating program components into district operations provides specific suggestions related to the following: district commitment and support; program location and organization; recruitment, selection and orientation of students; and staff selection and development. The experience of the school district of Pittsburgh in institutionalizing EVE elements is discussed. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.