ERIC Number: ED472361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
From Competence to Excellence: Developing Excellence in Vocational Skills.
Smeaton, Barry; Hughes, Maria; Hall, Graeme
The United Kingdom's Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA), UK SKILLS, and the Further Education Skills Competition Council conducted a collaborative action research project to improve students' vocational learning and skills through enhanced learning experiences. From February 2001 to April 2002, three further education colleges worked to develop and test improved curriculum models within their own vocational areas, which were as follows: (1) hospitality and tourism; (2) media, photography, and performing arts; and (3) fabric painting and decorating. LSDA and UK SKILLS held a residential briefing and planning event for all three teams, after which the teams worked to identify positive aspects of their existing curricula and additional elements that could be added to them to raise student performance levels. The following were among the practices and elements piloted: (1) a curriculum structured around small steps of achievement; (2) intensive tutoring; (3) integrated development of personal, key performance, and employability skills; (4) extra contact time; (5) different assessment strategies; (6) exchange visits; (7) work-based training; (8) application of professional standards; and (8) simulation of real-life experience when work-based learning could not be arranged. All three colleges confirmed that the project benefited students and staff involved in the project and colleges' staff and management as a whole. (MN)
Descriptors: Action Research, Advisory Committees, Basic Skills, Case Studies, Competence, Cooperative Planning, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational Improvement, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Excellence in Education, Foreign Countries, Hospitality Occupations, Partnerships in Education, Photography, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Simulation, Skill Development, Teamwork, Technical Institutes, Textiles Instruction, Theater Arts, Tourism, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom (Ref. No. 1375, free). Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text: http://www.lsda.org.uk/files/pdf/1375.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom