ERIC Number: ED401454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
High School Restructuring and Vocational Reform: The Question of "Fit" in Two Schools.
Little, Judith Warren; And Others
The relationship between high school restructuring and vocational reform was examined in case studies of two moderately large comprehensive California high schools that have undertaken schoolwide efforts to establish new forms of social organization for teachers' and students' work. Over the 2-year study period, several visits were made to each site. During those visits, data were collected from the following sources: interviews with teachers, administrators, counselors, students, and community members; observations of classrooms, meetings, teacher planning sessions, and inservice education activities; and reviews of key school documents. Despite several important differences, the reform processes at the two schools shared certain common conditions, including the following: the restructuring environment was very conducive to new forms of vocational education without fundamentally altering the division between academic and vocational goals for most students or teachers; career academies emphasized the dual mission of career preparation and college preparation; curriculum integration received widespread support; efforts to establish new curricular connections concentrated on discovering "authentic" connections across subjects; new opportunities were created for collegial contact and collaborative work among teachers; and academic teachers came to admire the vocational teachers' expertise and achievements. It was concluded that substantial change in the nature/scope of vocational preparation requires schoolwide effort. (Contains 25 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Articulation (Education), Career Academies, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Cooperative Planning, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Needs, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Job Training, School Restructuring, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California