ERIC Number: ED447258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Integrating Science Education and Career and Technical Education. In Brief: Fast Facts for Policy and Practice, No. 3.
Maurer, Matthew J.
Changes in work and the workplace have made competing demands on school reform: higher standards and expectations for academic achievement as well as technical competence and ability to apply knowledge in context. Therefore, educators must discover how academic subjects such as science can be a more integral part of career and technical education (CTE). The National Science Education Standards provide guidelines for improving K-12 science education; in regard to CTE they specify learning through inquiry, hands-on learning, minds-on learning, and process skill development. These four areas are important to CTE because they focus strongly on problem-solving skills and can be easily linked to real-world applications. Work-based learning (WBL) experiences in science could further science literacy and science career interest. Some schools are taking novel approaches to integrating science and WBL activities, for example, Turner Technical Arts High School in Miami applies biology concepts to real-world situations, such as extracting DNA from fresh vegetables. In order to achieve science literacy, "science at school should resemble science at work" (M. Vickers 1998). As students learn to analyze and solve workplace problems using the inquiry-based methods of science, they need to be introduced to the techniques and concepts that are used by professionals. A combination of reform efforts such as the National Science Education Standards and the school-to-work movement can help bridge the gap between academic and occupational learning and between abstract, decontextualized knowledge and practical, contextualized knowledge. (Contains 12 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Education, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Science Education, Secondary Education, Standards, Technological Literacy, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
For full text: http://www.nccte.com/publications/infosynthesis/in-brief/inbrief 03-scienceeducation.pdf or http://www.nccte.com/publications/infosynthesis/in-brief/inbrief 03-scienceeducation.html.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.