ERIC Number: ED440288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Vocational and Academic Studies: What Three High Schools in Delaware Are Doing. High Schools That Work.
Scarbrough, Mary An; Sullivan, Margaret, Ed.
The New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District in Wilmington, Delaware, has made great strides in integrating academic and vocational studies by adopting a "project" approach to integrated learning. Students at the district's high schools are involved in a variety of real-life projects aimed at advancing technical knowledge and skills. Delcastle Technical High School has developed the following three projects integrating academic and vocational studies: exploratory manual (students produce exploratory manuals while exploring career opportunities and developing job search skills); senior magazine project (students develop "trade" journals in their field of study); and cooperative work manual (students develop technical English skills by producing manuals documenting their work in their chosen occupational field). Seniors at Hodgson Vocational-Technical High School complete a senior project exhibition of achievement that combines the following elements: student-centered, career based research paper; applied product; and formal oral presentation before an audience. Howard High School of Technology's students complete a 4-year work experience called Quest for Quality, which helps them develop academic, personal, and group interaction skills. The projects have helped raise student achievement significantly. (Twenty exhibits are included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Choice, Career Education, Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Educational Practices, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Job Search Methods, Models, Research Reports, School Districts, Student Developed Materials, Student Projects, Suburban Schools, Technical Education, Technical Writing, Urban Areas, Urban Education, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs, Writing (Composition)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.