ERIC Number: ED450278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Promising Tech Prep Outcomes. The Highlight Zone: Research @ Work No. 3.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Eight tech prep consortia located across the United States were studied to assess their tech prep implementation and outcomes. Special attention was paid to the consortia's use of and success with the following tech prep components: formal articulation agreements; core curriculum; rigorous instruction emphasizing integration of academic and vocational education; theory-practice linkages; efforts to increase access and opportunity; and transitions to college and work. The following were among the key findings: (1) tech prep has clearly broadened beyond the "neglected majority"; (2) in most consortia, tech prep and school-to-work initiatives were closely coordinated, especially when youth apprenticeships were involved; (3) consortia increasingly linked tech prep to efforts to meet state standards, which could displace its focus on work force preparation; (4) consortia increasingly sought to emphasize contextual teaching and learning, project-based instruction, and other applied teaching techniques; (5) schools involved in tech prep experienced increased collaboration among academic and technical instructors and among educators and business representatives; (6) a high percentage of tech prep participants continued to postsecondary education; and (7) although the consortia are successfully implementing individual components of tech prep, there remains a need to coalesce the individual tech prep components into comprehensive, career-focused structured programs of study. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Access to Education, Apprenticeships, Articulation (Education), Basic Skills, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Cooperative Planning, Core Curriculum, Definitions, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Legislation, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Employment Patterns, Federal Legislation, Females, High Schools, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Literature Reviews, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Part Time Employment, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, State Standards, Teaching Methods, Tech Prep, Theory Practice Relationship, Transitional Programs, Trend Analysis, Unemployment, Universities, Vocational Education, Womens Education, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990; Carl D Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act 1998; School to Work Opportunities Act 1994