ERIC Number: ED399998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-19
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Models: Integration of Academic and Occupational Content.
Teahen, Roberta C.
Prompted by requirements of the 1990 Perkins Act and a growing dissatisfaction among employers with college graduates' skill levels, many schools have undertaken curricular reform through tech prep and school-to-work, with most of the efforts working toward the integration of academic content into vocational programs. In general, however, tech prep implementation has been more active at the K-12 level than at community colleges. Research on curriculum integration in community colleges has revealed eight main approaches: general education requirements; applied academic courses; the incorporation of academic skills into occupational programs; the incorporation of academic modules into occupational courses; multidisciplinary courses combining academic and occupational concerns; tandem courses or learning communities; colleges-within-colleges, where students take all of their classes together; and remedial programs with an occupational focus. Benefits of curriculum integration include an improved ability to meet the needs of occupational and transfer students; bridge isolated sectors of the college; and form industry partnerships; while the considerable barriers include problems in articulating courses; faculty reluctance to change; and lack of expertise, leadership, and resources. In Michigan, a statewide curriculum integration project was undertaken to develop new courses and identify barriers to integration. Pilot projects were funded at four colleges, with the Wisconsin Instructional Designs Systems (WIDS) framework being used for curriculum writing. Lists of future directions and recommendations for further integration are included. Contains 17 references. (AJL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Michigan Coll., Traverse City.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan