ERIC Number: ED404731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Design, Education Work Relationship, Educational Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Curriculum, Labor Force Development, Nontraditional Education, Relevance (Education), Theory Practice Relationship, Vocational Education
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
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.