ERIC Number: ED390461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Increasing Teacher Effectiveness through Tech Prep Partnerships.
Moore, Glen W.; Holm, C. Frances
Tech prep partnerships facilitate innovative college teaching in the areas of curriculum content and instructional strategies through the collaborative efforts of secondary, postsecondary, academic, and technical faculty and business and industry representatives. Tech prep provides curricula and instruction that blend secondary and postsecondary education to increase students' success and develop skills in conjunction with the employment requirements of the business sector. As an innovative approach to education, tech prep also encourages innovative and collaborative instructional strategies and curricular coordination. Currently, for example, over 35 programs in the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC)-Alachua Tech Prep Consortium, in Florida, provide seamless coordination between high school and college curricula. Tech prep courses also feature a strong core of academic courses in communication, science, mathematics, and computer technology integrated with sequential technical courses. The 1991 Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) study of necessary business skills found that more than half of the nation's youth left school without the foundation to hold good jobs. Active partnerships, such as the SFCC-Alachua Consortium, South Carolina's Partnership for Academic and Career Education, or the Seattle Tech Prep Consortium, in Washington, can provide students with these skills. Educators need extensive development and planning time with colleagues in other disciplines and the business sector, however, to effectively integrate and update curricula. The SCANS competencies are appended. Contains 13 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Successful College Teaching (18th, Orlando, Florida, February 26-28, 1994); see JC 960 033.