ERIC Number: ED401465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
As Teachers Tell It: Implementing All Aspects of the Industry. The Case Studies. [Volume One].
Andrew, Erika Nielsen, Ed.
The All Aspects of the Industry (AAI) approach, one of a number of educational reforms designed to reduce the gap between vocational and academic education, provides a framework for schools to redesign their programs around broadly conceived, interdisciplinary, industry-focused programs. With an AAI framework, schools can prepare students for a range of workplace roles and for participation in high-performance work organizations. These programs provide an enriched environment for a blend of vocational and academic education, career exploration opportunities, and more effective school-to work transitions. A series of workshops allowed organizational representatives and school team members involved in AAI to share successes and techniques. Four case studies illustrate applications of the AAI approach: (1) a team in Oakland, California incorporated AAI in four major components of its Health and Bioscience Academy; (2) the Cambridge, Massachusetts team used AAI as the theme for reshaping the 10th-grade curriculum at Rindge School of Technical Arts to integrate exposure to different career paths with the provision of transferable vocational and academic skills; (3) Milwaukee's (Wisconsin) South Division High School team expanded an existing hospitality management project to encompass more aspects of industry and designed a larger-scale project for future implementation; and (4) Pittsburgh's (Pennsylvania) educators produced an assessment rubric based on AAI for assessing work-based learning projects in Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Programs. Evaluation of the projects showed the following: they all emphasize student ownership, make students take responsibility for their education, appeal to students' interests, develop structured pathways, use experiential learning methods, create individualized learning experiences, and create and foster communities of which students and staff can feel a part. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Exploration, Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Legislation, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Program Effectiveness, 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.