ERIC Number: EJ700318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-1
Reference Count: N/A
School to Career: Reworking the Model
Technology & Learning, v24 n6 p26 Jan 2004
Vocational education, once the non-college prep track, has evolved with the times and the changing work force. Now called career and technology education, it is playing a major role in driving high school reform toward smaller learning communities and more focused futures for students. In this article, the author looks at one district's approach. Once the high school track for kids who might lack the aptitude, interest, or economic means to pursue a higher education, vocational education solely focused on preparing students for industrial jobs. But with today's understanding that all individuals will have a career--a major shift in thinking from the past--the nature of what is now commonly termed career and technology education has changed. Part of this new way of thought is to view college not as an end, but as a beginning of learning, and it is the high school's mandate to both train and teach all students through programs that pair technical training with higher-order thinking skills.
Descriptors: Vocational Education, High Schools, Career Academies, Educational Change, School Restructuring, Labor Force Development, Small Schools, Institutional Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland