ERIC Number: ED378423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Tech Prep. Myths and Realities.
Lankard, Bettina A.
Although development and implementation of tech prep education programs have been in progress since the Carl D. Perkins Act Amendments of 1990, several misconceptions about tech prep still exist. One such myth is that tech prep is an integration of academic and vocational education. In truth, although integration of academic and vocational education offers one strategy for developing students' academic and vocational competence, tech prep requires a new approach that gives consideration to the existence of different learning styles and the contextual learning as a way of enabling students to transfer knowledge from academic content to vocational applications and from school to the workplace. A second myth is that tech prep is an articulation agreement between high schools and colleges. Although articulation agreements between secondary and postsecondary schools are necessary to facilitate students' smooth transitions between high school and college, articulation between education and business is also crucial to facilitate transition from school to work in technical occupations. A third myth is that tech prep is a 2 + 2 program than cannot include formal apprenticeship training. Several successful examples of community colleges providing the essential components of traditional apprenticeships may be cited to refute this myth. Contains 5 references. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Apprenticeships, Articulation (Education), Definitions, Educational Legislation, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Federal Legislation, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Tech Prep, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.