ERIC Number: ED416419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Education and Work: Toward an Integrated Curriculum Framework. A Report on the Integrated System for Workforce Education Curricula Project. [Revised.]
Prescott, Carolyn A.; Edling, Walter H.; Loring, Ruth
The Integrated System for Workforce Education Curricula (ISWEC) project is designed to integrate academic and vocational education in a curriculum framework for grades 9-14. Pedagogical advantages to integration include the following: humans learn by connection-making, students can apply their knowledge and skills to new and unfamiliar situations, duplication of educational effort is reduced, and commonalities among academic disciplines and work force requirements are identified. ISWEC's goal is development of a comprehensive, integrated framework in which three kinds of standards are located: academic, work force, and employability. Its structure allows for incremental change from a traditional approach to design of the curriculum structure to a major redesign. Steps to an ISWEC structure are as follows: use of contextualized materials within traditionally structured courses; reallocation of instructional time for project-based learning; worksite learning; incorporation of more effective assessment structures; reorganization of curricula around career clusters and majors; development of new instructional sequences to promote higher-order thinking skills; major redesign of time schedule structures for the school; and major redesign of the curriculum structures. The ISWEC will provide the basis for organizing curriculum into one or more of several structures. For example, a cluster level Integrated Curriculum Standard (ICS) could be integrated into a larger curriculum in several ways. It could be: infused into a conventional English course; used as a bridge between two existing courses; or used as a basis for a minicourse. Appendices contain sample integrated curriculum standards, and steps toward integration using workforce, academic, and occupational standards. (Contains 13 endnotes.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Experiential Learning, Integrated Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Occupational Research and Development, Inc., Waco, TX.
Note: Revision of ED 396 095.