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ERIC Number: ED467594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Career and Technical Education Reforms and Comprehensive School Reforms in High Schools: Their Impact on Education Outcomes for At-Risk Youth. The Highlight Zone: Research @ Work.
Castellano, Marisa; Stringfield, Samuel; Stone, James R., III
The impact of career and technical education (CTE) reforms and comprehensive school reforms in high schools on education outcomes for at-risk youth was examined in a review of research on current reforms. The review identified a series of individual, family and home, school, and community factors that can place students at risk of failing to thrive in school or dropping out. The essential features of the following reform strategies were identified: tech prep; curriculum integration; work-related experience; school-to-work; High Schools That Work; career academies; career magnets; and career pathways. Each strategy's processes and outcomes were identified and evaluated. The following supports were identified: (1) supports for reform (career academies or similar learning structures of small communities focusing on broad career clusters; block scheduling; vertical integration of curriculum from middle school through community college; partnerships with business and postsecondary institutions); (2) supports for the capacity for reform (interdisciplinary teacher teams; sustained professional development; work-based learning opportunities); and (3) supports for pedagogical reform (high academic standards and student learning supports to meet standards; authentic assessment; an interdisciplinary curriculum; project-focused learning; technology integrated into classroom learning and used by teachers to monitor student progress). Eight characteristics needed to sustain reform efforts were identified. (Contains 30 references.) (MN)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.