ERIC Number: ED377914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Community College Reform and Tech Prep: Leading, Following, or Business as Usual?
Horan, Michael J.
Tech Prep is currently in practice in over 1,000 consortia and 5,700 schools nationwide. The skills required for employment in the future require schools to forgo traditional classroom and learning methods to implement courses where content is allied with real world living and working. However, concerns that community colleges have failed to accept the challenges of curriculum reform are being voiced nationally. A recent survey of 22 Florida community colleges in their second, third, or fourth year of Tech Prep funding suggests that the initiative has not yet begun to produce the systemic reform that is underway at the secondary level. Specifically, the survey found that, with respect to the colleges' belief that "common core" courses paralleling secondary applied academic courses were appropriate for high school Tech Prep completers as currently offered, 82% (n=18) felt they were for Freshman Composition and 68% (n=15) felt so for algebra. Further, 68% of the colleges felt that it was better to modify existing courses by infusing competencies and applied teaching methodologies than developing separate courses for Tech Prep secondary completers. Only 23% of colleges reported that they had modified one or more "common core" courses. While Tech Prep is still a work in progress, this survey does reinforce the idea that the pace of change in community colleges is not keeping pace with secondary schools. The survey instrument and a list of participants are appended. Contains 11 references. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Florida