ERIC Number: ED399997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-2
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We're Doing It: Michigan Models for Academic and Occupational Integration.
Jacobs, James; Teahen, Roberta C.
Beginning in 1995, the Michigan Department of Education sponsored pilot projects at the state's community colleges to develop curricular learning models and/or courses that integrate liberal arts or general education into vocational programs, identify and document faculty collaboration between liberal arts and occupational programs, and determine barriers interfering with the integration process. Throughout 1995, workshops and seminars were held with project teams and by fall 1995 at least four colleges had completed pilot projects. Delta College developed a nursing project integrating an introduction to health care, a health care ethics, and a writing class into a learning community model. At Henry Ford Community College, a technical physics course was developed that frames course modules within industrial situations. Macomb County Community College implemented a business and technical writing course designed by faculty from the English, Technology, and Accounting Departments, while at Northwestern Michigan College, a multidisciplinary course was developed focusing on the necessary skills for entry-level workers in high-performance manufacturing organizations. Common themes arising from the projects included the use of innovative pedagogical approaches, the lack of articulation between the new models and existing high school and college curricula, a focus on communication skills, the existence of clear target audiences for each project, the need to overcome existing institutional climates resistant to change, and the importance placed on assessment. A directory of participants is appended. (HAA)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Community Colleges, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, General Education, Improvement Programs, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, Pilot Projects, State Programs, Teacher Participation, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan