ERIC Number: ED428276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec-11
The New Vision of High School Vocational Education: Implications for Research.
Pucel, David J.
The new visions for the American high school have profound implications for vocational education research. Almost all basic premises underlying what high school vocational education should be and do are in question. The new criteria for the American high school make clear that vocational programs focused on broad career preparation are essential and a new vision of vocational education and its relationship to academic education is required. Academic and vocational educators who think the reform solution is to do better what they have done in the past have missed the key point. New paradigms must be developed to accomplish the new educational goals of society. Within this new view, high school vocational programs are expected to provide students interested in a wide range of specific occupations related to an occupational cluster with representative career skills and activities related to that cluster. Vocational courses within the new model are expected to be part of career majors that include sets of academic and vocational courses. Those majors address occupations considered to be of less than baccalaureate level as well as a wide array of careers. Vocational education research must explore the new purposes of high school vocational education, development of vocational courses and programs to accommodate all students, course content, articulation, teaching strategies, and parent and academic and vocational teacher roles. (Contains 15 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Education Research Association (New Orleans, LA, December 11, 1998).