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ERIC Number: ED413541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 126
Abstractor: N/A
Designing the Thematic Curriculum: An All Aspects Approach.
Finch, Curtis R.; Frantz, Nevin R.; Mooney, Marianne; Aneke, Norbert O.
This guide focuses on two interrelated areas of developing vocational education curricula: designing a thematic curriculum and using the "all aspects of the industry" approach when creating thematic curricula. The following are among the topics discussed in the guide's eight sections: principles of the thematic curriculum and its potential to improve education; curriculum options (understanding the impact of change, identifying potential barriers to change, making change happen, identifying and examining options); contextual options (individual courses, clusters and majors, career academies, magnet schools, strengths and limitations of contextual options); organizational options (traditional arrangements, tech prep, integration, school-to-work transition); delivery options (school-based enterprises, linkages and partnerships, job shadowing, mentoring, youth apprenticeships, portfolios, senior projects); content options (documenting needs and identifying, selecting, organizing, integrating, and updating content); strategies for linking curriculum with instruction (school- and work-based teaching and learning strategies and strategies connecting school and workplace); and steps in assessing and refining the curriculum (gathering, examining, and using assessment information for curriculum improvement). A total of 22 figures and 103 references are spread throughout the document. Appended are the following: sample themes; examples of content organized around themes; sample career clusters/pathways/majors; examples of theme-wide functions, issues, concerns, and technological knowledge and skills; and an annotated bibliography of 29 related materials, reports, and resources. (MN)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.