ERIC Number: ED396095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Education and Work: Toward an Integrated Curriculum Framework. A Report on the Integrated System for Workforce Education Curricula Project.
Prescott, Carolyn A.
This paper describes the rationale, direction, and progress of the Integrated System for Workforce Education Curricula (ISWEC), a project sponsored by a 25-state consortium that is designed to accomplish two primary objectives: (1) integration of academic and vocational education in a curriculum framework for grades 9-14 and (2) development of a process through which educators can elaborate upon the framework to adapt it to their schools' needs and strengths. The following topics are discussed: rationale for integration, consensus about education and work; pedagogical advantages to integration; role of standards in the ISWEC project; rationale for a comprehensive curriculum project; purpose and content of an integrated curriculum standard (ICS); process of grouping ICSs into clusters and career majors; role of assessment in the ICS framework; technique for using ICSs to develop curricula; process being used to develop the ICS framework; and relationship between integration and higher-order thinking skills. Contains 13 references. Appended are sample integrated curriculum standards and a list of steps toward integration using work force, academic, and occupational standards. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Academic Standards, Articulation (Education), Consortia, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Integrated Curriculum, Labor Force Development, Models, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, School Role, Secondary Education, Systems Approach, Thinking Skills, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Occupational Research and Development, Inc., Waco, TX.