ERIC Number: ED471606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
New Lessons About Tech Prep Implementation. In Essence: Key Findings from the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education.
The evolution of eight Tech Prep consortia since reauthorization of federal Tech Prep legislation in 1998 was examined in a 4-year longitudinal study. Cross-consortium changes were identified through field visits and personal interviews between 1998-2001 with a wide range of stakeholders, especially administrators, faculty, and students. Legislated changes increased emphasis on contextual learning and work-based learning, articulation agreements, and accountability. Changes within the consortia included these: (1) greater awareness that Tech Prep resources be directed at the secondary level; (2) increased efforts to raise academic standards; (3) more 2+2+2 curriculum options; (4) necessity for new certifications; (5) updating, broadening, and integration of CTE curriculum; and (6) increased use of career academies. In order to facilitate change, local characteristics such as supportive and stable leadership, adequate fiscal resources, and intra-school communication were needed. External change factors such as states' historic role in oversight of vocational education, business and industry support of Tech Prep, and stricter academic standards were also necessary. These recommendations for future policy and practice included: (1) increased articulation agreements supporting student transition from high school to college; (2) increased funding for curriculum innovation to meet diverse student needs; (3) involvement of 4-year colleges and universities in Tech Prep curriculum reform; (4) avoidance of student tracking; (5) strengthened community college role in Tech Prep; and (6) enhanced program evaluation and outcomes assessment approaches. (AJ)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Standards, Access to Education, Accountability, Administrators, Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Business Cycles, Career Academies, College Credits, Consortia, Context Effect, Cooperative Planning, Curriculum Development, Developed Nations, Diversity (Student), Economic Change, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Employment Opportunities, Field Studies, Fiscal Capacity, Fused Curriculum, High School Students, Interviews, Longitudinal Studies, Minimum Competencies, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Private Colleges, Program Evaluation, Public Colleges, Secondary Education, State Regulation, Student Placement, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teachers, Tech Prep, Track System (Education), Work Experience Programs
For full text: http://www.nccte.org/publications/infosynthesis/in-essence/in-essence4/techprep-IE4.pdf.
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.