ERIC Number: ED413472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Integrating Academic and Industry Skill Standards.
Bailey, Thomas R.
Participants in a conference held by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education discussed the relationship between academic and industry skill standards and reached consensus in several central areas. Arguments for better coordination between academic and technical standards were as follows: integrated skills are needed in new, more demanding workplaces; relating learning to work can strengthen academic learning; given workplace demands for better academic skills across all occupations, increasing the rigor of academic preparation for all students is important; and by working together, academic and vocational educators and employers can strengthen both sets of standards. Academic and industry skill standards had been developed largely in isolation from each other. Workplace applications offered by the academic skills were rarely explicit. Industry skill standards included academic standards as abstract lists of skills unconnected to their use in the workplace. Despite consensus that standards should be set at a high level, most academic standards offered no absolute normative benchmarks against which to measure student performance and were set by educators based on their judgment about what students should know. The academic component of the industry skill standards called for skills that could be achieved well short of high school graduation. The most significant area of overlap between the two sets of standards was their use of process-oriented skills. Seven recommendations were made for further development of standards and research. (Contains 32 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Basic Skills, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Partnerships in Education, Performance Factors, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Standards, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.