ERIC Number: ED422472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Separate Tables: Academic and Vocational Education Reforms in Traditional, Comprehensive High Schools.
Prestine, Nona A.
A study examined two traditional, comprehensive high schools, both of which had been involved with the school restructuring efforts advocated by the Coalition of Essential Schools. Shortly after their commitment to essential school changes, the schools became involved in a series of vocational education reforms referred to as Tech Prep. Case studies of each school were developed that included the story of the school's reform efforts: an overall chronology of the change efforts and events that influenced the course of change. Conclusions were drawn about what happened to vocational education reforms in these schools engaged in essential school change and interactions or relationships that occurred between the essential school restructuring reforms and the vocational education initiatives in each school. A cross-case analysis identified themes from the data about factors that affected the course and outcomes of the two reform initiatives. Although the reforms struggled in both schools, the case studies revealed one was making substantively greater headway in implementation of both initiatives because of two site-related factors: (1) the more successful school had clear linkages between essential school ideas and vocational education reforms; and (2) the other school had a huge investment in maintaining the status quo. Four central conclusions were drawn from a cross-case perspective: (1) general issues of reform and the importance of context in change efforts for secondary schools; (2) considerations of simultaneous reform efforts in schools; (3) continuing centrality of the academic core; and (4) its impact for vocational education reforms. Policy implications were constructed on a framework using the concepts of will, capacity, and accountability. (Contains 47 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Case Studies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, High Schools, School Restructuring, Tech Prep, Vocational Education
National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Materials Distribution Service, Western Illinois University, 46 Horrabin Hall, Macomb, IL 61455; toll-free phone: 800-637-7652 ($7).
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.