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ERIC Number: ED404731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 80
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87120-276-X
Integrating Academic and Vocational Education: A Model for Secondary Schools.
Penn, Alexandra; Williams, Dennis
The two-track system that divides academic education from vocational education no longer supports students' interests. This book describes a practical approach to integrating academic and vocational education, focusing on achieving a seamlessly integrated curriculum. Chapter 1 describes the rationale of a high school program--the Cocoa Academy for Aerospace Technology (CAAT) in Brevard County, Florida--that combines aerospace technology with traditional education. Chapter 2 discusses the role of technology in education and CAAT's use of technology-learning activities (TLAs), which are hands-on, interdisciplinary, problem-solving activities. Movement toward CAAT's system of learning, called "virtual learning," is described in chapter 3. In virtual learning, students and facilitators teach each other how to learn; the curriculum blends a range of disciplines; students learn in teams; facilitators teach in teams; all problem-solving activities have real-world relevancy; and authentic assessment is used to evaluate learning objectives. Examples of virtual-learning activities are provided in the fourth chapter. Chapters 5 through 8 describe the process for developing a curriculum framework and learning objectives, the steps for writing virtual-learning activities, and ways to sustain the program. The final chapter concludes that the integrated academic-vocational curriculum is central to democracy in public schools. A glossary and 11 figures are included. (Contains 35 references.) (LMI)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1453 (Stock No. 197019; $8.95, member; $10.95, nonmember).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.