ERIC Number: ED394060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Tech Prep. Trends and Issues Alerts.
An initial evaluation of tech prep revealed the following: (1) by 1993, nearly half the nation's school districts were involved in tech prep consortia; (2) changes resulting from tech prep have been more evident at the secondary than the postsecondary level; and (3) tech prep students are most likely to be white and attend a suburban school district in a southern state. An in-depth study of 10 tech prep consortia established the following trends: (1) articulation agreements linking individual courses at the high school and college levels are a major defining feature of tech prep; (2) although consortia have made some efforts to upgrade vocational education curricula, most curriculum change has focused on introducing applied approaches to teaching math, science, and English; and (3) views of the objectives/content/audience of tech prep vary greatly among individual consortia as do the structures for planning and coordinating tech prep development. The consortia studied were also facing the following issues: the importance of articulation in tech prep development, tech prep's impact on postsecondary education, and the role of employers in developing tech prep programs. (Contains an annotated bibliography of 18 print resources and 6 resource organizations concerned with tech prep.) (MN)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Articulation (Education), Clearinghouses, Consortia, Educational Trends, Guides, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Program Implementation, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, State of the Art Reviews, Tech Prep, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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.