ERIC Number: ED461035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Designing Challenging Vocational Courses: A Guide to Preparing a Syllabus.
Bottoms, Gene; Pucel, David J.; Phillips, Ione
This document is intended to help high school vocational-technical teachers design courses that result in high-quality learning for all their students. The book's seven chapters detail this process for designing courses that achieve the following results: model the concept of quality; produce independent learners; develop active participants in the learning process; address real problems in life and the workplace; confront students' shortcomings and show them how to improve; present challenging assignments requiring hard work in and out of the classroom; actively involve students in productive learning throughout the class period; require student teamwork with teachers serving as coaches rather than as the source of knowledge; and prepare youth for work and further education beyond high school. Chapters 1-7 discuss the following topics: (1) the need for change; (2) a new vision of quality vocational-technical education; (3) the vocational-technical program of study; (4) the issues involved in designing a course (content as a function of expectations of career areas; providing a focus for learning; teachers as managers of instruction; communities as learning labs; continuous assessment); (5) planning and setting course goals; (6) projects and instructional strategies; and (7) assessment. The following items are appended: course syllabus guidelines; a sample course syllabus; national skill standards; and project outlines. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Change Strategies, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, Curriculum Development, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Educational Principles, Educational Quality, Guidelines, High Schools, Job Skills, Material Development, National Standards, Records (Forms), Special Needs Students, Student Evaluation, Student Needs, Student Projects, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Teamwork, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.