ERIC Number: ED403442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec-6
Summary of Comments by Debra D. Bragg on "The Status of Tech Prep in the United States."
Bragg, Debra D.
Tech prep has been considered "dead" by some commentators, but that assessment is usually made only in cases in which tech prep was merely a new label for an unchanged course or program. In many cases, tech prep has become more widely implemented and accepted as real changes have been made. Many of the concepts of tech prep will remain even if the name disappears. Tech prep is related to the newer school-to-work (STW) initiative. Major contributions of tech prep include the following: (1) tech prep has brought together educators and others who do not otherwise communicate; (2) tech prep has reinforced and sometimes even stimulated changes in classroom instruction; (3) tech prep has stimulated academic and vocational integration; (4) tech prep has raised expectations for more students in secondary schools; and (5) tech prep is becoming a pathway to college for nontraditional students. Remaining issues include the following: evaluation of tech prep; the distinctions between tech prep and STW; limited tech prep enrollments after 5 years; lack of parent and student inclusion in planning and implementation; and the competing goals and objectives that underpin both tech prep and STW. Tech prep and STW will succeed only if they involve a partnership of education with the entire community. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Cincinnati, OH, December 6, 1996).