ERIC Number: ED407515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Integration in School-to-Work Systems. Resource Bulletin.
National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
The School-to-Work Opportunities Act broadens the meaning of curriculum by calling for integrated learning organized into coherent sequences around broadly conceived career majors. Work experience, as well as academic and occupational study, is an assumed element of the integrated school-to-work curriculum. A variety of strategies for curriculum integration have been implemented through collaborative planning involving school administrators, teachers, employers, and labor unions. Approaches to curriculum integration include coordinated curriculum, project-based learning, and thematic curriculum. The National Center for Research in Vocational Education has identified several models of curriculum integration: (1) work-relevant academic curriculum; (2) incorporation of academic content into occupational courses; (3) project-based instructional strategies; (4) curriculum alignment; (5) career pathways; (6) occupational high schools and magnet schools; and (7) career academies. Examples of effective practices include the following: the Southern Regional Education Board's 18 "High Schools that Work" sites, the career pathways curriculum at Roosevelt Renaissance High School in Portland, Oregon, and the school-within-a-school at the Oakland, California, Health and Bioscience Academy. (Seven publications are listed and nine organizations are described as resources.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Educational Resources, Educational Strategies, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Labor Force Development, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Vocational Education, Youth Opportunities, Youth Programs
National School-to-Work Office, 400 Virginia Avenue, S.W., Room 210, Washington, DC 20024; 800-251-7236; fax: 202-401-6211; World Wide Web: http://www.stw.ed.gov.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994