ERIC Number: ED434241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
The Changing Role of Vocational Education and the Comprehensive High School.
Pucel, David J.
As American society has changed from the industrial age to the information age to the knowledge/imagination age, the notion of a comprehensive high school in its originally envisioned form has again become a high priority. If all students are required to obtain a rigorous academic education and an applied education related to a life or work interest, they have the opportunity to change their minds about future life goals and instructional programs as they move through high school. Changed expectations have led to a major movement to teach academic basics in a more functional manner around real-life applications and to ensure that career preparation programs are focused on the broad range of skills required in the workplace. Vocational education can no longer prepare students for direct entry into the world of work as skilled workers in a highly technological society. States are designing educational systems that provide specialized occupational preparation at the post-high-school level. To modify vocational education to meet new expectations, major concepts that affect curriculum design have been evolving: career majors, career activities, applied instruction, project-based instruction, integration, and articulation. Changes in vocational education curriculum practices are course goals, course content, who should deliver instruction and how it should be delivered, and evaluation of vocational course achievement. Steps in developing the new career major curriculum are to determine a school's career majors and sample careers within each major and to identify which courses to include. (Contains 21 references and sample career majors.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Education, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Employment Potential, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Role of Education, Tech Prep, Technological Literacy, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the International Symposium on Comprehensive High School Education (Taipei, Taiwan, May 18-24, 1998).