ERIC Number: ED391105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Tech Prep Q & A: Information for Program Development. Information Series No. 364.
Scruggs, Cathy A.
In the 1990s, the changes brought about by technology, the global economy, and demographics have necessitated the reform of educational systems. One response, given impetus by federal legislation, is tech prep, an articulated secondary-postsecondary program that provides technical preparation in an occupational field, integrates academic and vocational education, and leads to placement in employment. This paper poses questions and offers answers from the literature regarding tech prep as an educational reform approach. The queries address major issues concerning tech prep strategies, processes, teams, and evaluation and planning. The answers offer a practical response, example, or consideration. The introduction presents the tech prep vision and why it is needed. The next section addresses strategies that are proving effective, their target audience, and how they should be implemented. The importance of tech prep processes, including the establishment of performance standards, professional teacher development, and collaboration with employers is discussed. Teamwork as an essential ingredient in tech prep success is highlighted, including the involvement of all stakeholders from business, industry, labor, education, and the community in planning, curriculum development, and evaluation. The role of evaluation and planning in consortia and at the state level is described. The last section considers the future of tech prep and why it should continue, providing a checklist of questions that can be used to assess existing programs and guide their future development. (SK)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Tech Prep, Technical Education, Vocational Education
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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.