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ERIC Number: ED407586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Promising Practices for Connecting High School to the Real World.
Blank, W. E., Ed.; Harwell, Sandra, Ed.
This monograph, containing 24 articles by 11 authors, describes a number of practices that have shown promise for better connecting high school with the broader world beyond school. The monograph begins with "Connecting High School with the Real World" (Sandi Harwell, William Blank), which discusses the concept of "real life" and various ways of defining the concept. "The Real World..." (Janet Scaglione) explores the notion of using important adult social roles, especially that of worker, as a window into adult life. This section also provides a brief look at the kinds of academic skills and knowledge actually used in most workplaces, examines how graduates will learn as adults, and closes with a snapshot of some of the most recent ideas in learning theory and intelligence. Each of 22 subsequent sections describes a promising practice for linking high school with the real world: "Authentic Instruction" (Blank); "Project-Based Learning" (Harwell); "Problem-Based Learning" (Teri D'Agostino); "Service Learning" (Blank); "School-Based Enterprises" (Blank); "Apprenticeships" (D'Agostino); "Internships" (Harwell); "Career Education: A Key Component of Career Guidance"(Harwell); "Teaching All Aspects of Industry" (Rich Westberry); "Integrating Academic and Vocational Education" (Westberry); "Cooperative Learning" (Scaglione, Blank); "Heterogeneous Grouping" (Harwell); "Mentoring" (Harwell); "Correspondence Study" (Stephanie VanDeventer); "Technology-Based Learning Resources" (VanDeventer); "Student as Teacher" (VanDeventer); "Career Academies" (Craig Winger, Alan Barber); "Alternative Schools" (Westberry); "Authentic Assessment" (Cindy Hewitt-Gervais); "Learning Communities: A Positive Climate for Learning" (Howard Johnston); and "Continuous Quality Improvement" (John Marshall). The final section, "High School Could Look Like This" (Blank), describes a high school that incorporates many of the most promising "real world" practices. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa.
Note: Cover title is "Promising Practices for Connecting Schools with the Real World.