ERIC Number: ED374335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education in Secondary Schools. A Review of the Literature.
Kennedy, Kerry J.; And Others
The literature on vocational education (VE) in secondary schools was reviewed. The main conclusion of the review of international and Australian policy trends and directions in VE was that, to date, Australian attempts to create a more vocationally relevant curriculum have resulted in a system in which the academic curriculum has remained central and vocational options are offered in only a piecemeal manner. It was therefore recommended that policymakers decide whether to pursue VE as a new and inclusive component of the secondary school curriculum or to retain vocational options for less able students. It was further recommended that policymakers consider the following issues when deciding secondary VE's future: equity, certification, supply side economics, the relationship between general education and VE, school-workplace links, the value of part-time work experience to secondary school students, and differentiation of the levels of VE. A model for VE in Australian schools was proposed that outlined the goals, features, benefits, and limitations of VE for students during childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and adulthood. Implications of the literature review for the following areas of school-level practice were identified: coordination, curriculum, assessment, professional development, students, resources, and evaluation. (A 120-item annotated bibliography is included.) (MN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Curriculum Corp., Carlton (Australia).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia