ERIC Number: ED371142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Emerging Tech Prep Models: Promising Approaches to Educational Reform.
Bragg, Debra D.
Centerfocus, n5 Jun 1994
Parnell's 1985 book, "The Neglected Majority," provided a conceptual framework for tech prep initiatives. By the late 1980s, 34 states had established tech prep programs patterned loosely after Parnell's 2+2 Tech Prep Associate Degree model. The federal government became a strong supporter of tech prep through the 1990 Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act. The fundamental components of tech prep are secondary-to-postsecondary articulation, integrated and authentic core curriculum, school-to-work opportunities, inclusive educational opportunities, outcomes-focused curriculum, and collaborative implementation. Among the main emerging tech prep models are the following: (1) pre-tech prep, which encompasses all 4 years of high school plus 2 years of postsecondary tech prep; (2) adult tech prep, which is designed for adults who are enrolled in two-year colleges but who lack adequate secondary preparation; (3) integrated tech prep, in which delivery of academic and vocational education is organized around broad career clusters; (4) work-based tech prep, in which the workplace rather than the classroom is used for student learning; and (5) the tech prep baccalaureate degree, which includes 4 rather than the conventional 2 years of postsecondary tech prep. (Contains 13 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government Role, High Schools, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Technology Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.