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ERIC Number: ED371142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.