ERIC Number: ED413541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
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)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Apprenticeships, Career Academies, Class Activities, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Data Collection, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Employment Qualifications, High School Seniors, High Schools, Information Utilization, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Job Shadowing, Job Skills, Magnet Schools, Mentors, Partnerships in Education, Portfolios (Background Materials), Student Evaluation, Tech Prep, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs, Youth Employment
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.