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ERIC Number: ED444037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 108
Abstractor: N/A
New Directions for High School Career and Technical Education in the 21st Century. Information Series No. 384.
Lynch, Richard L.
This report identifies and describes new directions for vocational, or career and technical, education in high schools at the beginning of the 21st century. It synthesizes the thought and opinion of a variety of stakeholders, gathered through interviews and a review of policy-influencing documents and research. It begins with an historical overview of high school vocational education. Forces influencing high school career and technical education are described: the new economy, public expectations, new cognitive science research about learning, and a variety of school reform movements. The purposes of high school career and technical education are identified as follows: providing career exploration and planning, enhancing academic achievement and motivation to learn more, acquiring generic work competencies and skills useful for employment, and establishing pathways for continuing education and lifelong learning. The importance of the early childhood and middle school years in laying the foundation for high school and beyond is emphasized. The paper elaborates four themes for the new career and technical education: career planning and development, high school reform, upgrading of vocational education, and the K-14 model. These themes are discussed in terms of six components, four that contribute to student achievement (high school majors, contextual teaching and learning, work-based learning, authentic assessment) and two that relate to the organization of schools and school systems (career academies and tech prep). (Contains approximately 110 references.) (SK)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A