ERIC Number: ED417335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Academic and Industry Skill Standards.
Bailey, Thomas R.
IEE Brief, n18 Jan 1998
During the past decade, standards have become a central aspect of reforms in both academic and vocational education. Thus far, academic and industry skill standards have been developed independently of each other. Only sometimes do documents concerning academic standards discuss using standards in ways that have relevance to work, and most industry standards that mention academic skills fail to specify required levels of achievement in those skills. Process-oriented skills are the area with the most overlap between academic and industrial skill standards. A 1996 conference brought together individuals who had worked on developing the two types of standards. The following were among the seven recommendations to emerge from the conference: promote collaboration among employers and academic and vocational educators in the development and use of standards; improve the definition and measurement of the levels of academic skills within the industry of skill standards; develop academic standards so that meeting those standards will indicate individuals' ability to apply the relevant academic skills outside the classroom; systematically experiment with different approaches to coordination of the two sets of standards; and focus on developing appropriate teaching strategies and associated curricula and effective ways to prepare teachers to use them. (Contains 20 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Academic Standards, Articulation (Education), Cooperative Planning, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Employment Qualifications, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Needs Assessment, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, State of the Art Reviews, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. on Education and the Economy.