ERIC Number: ED413508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Linking the NCTM Standards to School-to-Work Reform.
Hernandez-Gantes, Victor M.; Nieri, Lisa A.
A study described the dynamics of integrated mathematics-vocational-technical education learning initiatives in high schools and postsecondary institutions that have adopted the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards. A national survey of secondary and postsecondary sites engaged in linking mathematics and vocational-technical education was conducted to identify and select four promising programs (three high schools and a community college) for in-depth case studies. Protocols were developed and used for interviews and focus groups with administrators, mathematics/vocational instructors, and students. A protocol for classroom observations was also developed to document instructor and student activities during the 2-day site visits. Case studies were conducted to examine program development and the extent to which the NCTM standards guided local efforts. Findings suggested that linking the NCTM standards to emerging career-oriented curriculum was not a simple process requiring pedagogical changes only. It was a far-reaching enterprise challenging educational leaders to engage in serious comprehensive restructuring involving curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems. Implementing NCTM standards required the following steps: managing change; moving toward integrated, "authentic" instruction; building institutional and community support; and fostering interdisciplinary teacher collaboration. (Appendixes contain 48 references and the 4 case studies.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Research, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Mathematics Education, National Standards, Program Development, School Restructuring, Two Year Colleges, 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.