ERIC Number: ED375259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Integration of Academics and Vocational Education. A Study for the Commonwealth.
Green, James L.
A study examined integration of academic and vocational education (VE) in Massachusetts. Data were collected from questionnaires completed by 88 (89%) of the 101 administrators of Massachusetts secondary and postsecondary VE programs receiving Perkins Act funds. Additional data were collected from a literature review, site visits to three high schools, and a focus group of vocational superintendents and community college presidents. It was concluded that integration is beginning to happen more frequently, but not as a result of Perkins funds. Understanding/acceptance of integration appeared better at the secondary level; however, the idea that integration could benefit all students was not being pursued at either level. Two integration steps heavily emphasized by both schools and colleges were basic skills development and tech prep. Among the study recommendations were the following: a common framework should be developed for integrating academics and VE at the secondary and postsecondary levels, integrated curricula should be developed through state-local collaboration, and ongoing professional development activities should be provided to support integration. (Thirteen figures/charts are included. Appendices constituting approximately 40% of this document include the following: preliminary/final versions of the questionnaires; 24-item bibliography; leadership dialogue membership list; and completed administrator questionnaires.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Administrator Attitudes, Articulation (Education), Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Integrated Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Council on Vocational Education, Boston.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts