Techniques

This magazine has news on legislative affecting career and technical education, features on issues and program, profiles of educators and notices of new products.

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 8, November/December

Blueprints for Building Curriculum
INTEGRATING ACADEMIC AND VOCATIONAL CURRICULA CAN BE A DAUNTING TASK, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE STARTING FROM SCRATCH AND YOU NEED TO FACTOR IN ACADEMIC AND SKILL STANDARDS. THE CURRICULUM INTEGRATOR," DESIGNED BY A NETWORK OF EDUCATION GROUPS, AIMS TO GIVE...
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Casualties of the Revolution
Over the past two decades the U.S, workplace has undergone profound transformation because of economic and demographic changes. As the world has become more competitive, the pressures on U.S. firms to improve productivity have increased. The use of new...
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Coalition Members: The "V" Word Isn't Taking Care of Business
The word "vocational" is at best unduly limiting and at worst a public relations disaster. That's the consensus of a cross-section of business and education leaders who are members of AVA's School-to-Work Partners coalition. They say a name change for...
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Finding Poetry in Prototypes
To make sure he's covering the academic bases in engineering technology, Southridge teacher Jim Hendricks thinks up lots of projects. Every assignment sheet breaks each project into English, math, science, social studies and technical components so students...
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Getting off the Track to Nowhere
IT TOOK THREE YEARS OF ODD JOBS, TWO FAILED ATTEMPTS AT COLLEGE, DRUG REHABILITATION AND A JAIL SENTENCE BEFORE JASON DILLINGHAM FOUND A CAREER PATHWAY. HIS HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION WAS A JUMBLE OF MINIMUM ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS WITH NO EFFECTIVE PREPARATION...
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Industry Trends Educators Must Know
The future workplace is a popular concern for vocational-technical educators. Many experts in the field have discussed the factors that influence how we prepare students now. Here is one author's interpretation and his top 10 list of trends most likely...
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Interview with Susan Drake
For nine years, Susan Drake has been actively involved in developing theories on curriculum integration, then seeing how they work in practice. An associate professor of education at Brock University in St. Catharine's, Ontario, she has consulted with...
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Jumpstart Integration Efforts
Of all the education reform efforts of the 1990s, curriculum integration provides the greatest opportunity for business education teachers to update and energize their programs. As author Norton Grubb has said, "Integration can be interpreted as efforts...
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Mixing It Up
Don't look for the math wing at Southridge-there isn't one. All teachers at this Washington state high school commingle in a new building designed with an eye toward curriculum integration. Students in Jim Hendricks's engineering lab better be ready...
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NET Gain
Calendars of events, including meetings and conferences, appear on the Web sites of several vocational educationrelated organizations. This installment of "NET Gain" highlights five of the more substantive calendars. For comparison of coverage the calendars...
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No Percentage in New ID for AVA-Yet
"Whatever we're going to call [vocational education], let's all call it the same thing," says noted educator Dale Parnell, who further urges the American Vocational Association to "bring some closure" to the issue. That's AVA's long-term goal, says Executive...
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Senate Bill Endangers Voc Ed
Congress is still trying reauthorize the Perkins Act during this session, although new Senate legislation is causing such concern within the education community that it is looking more like the federal voc ed law will remain in limbo. Unlike the House...
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Silver Anniversary-Or Is It Chrome?
World War II was drawing to a close and a vision of a postwar America ignited a spark in the mind of Andy Althouse, now assistant director of vocational education for Detroit Public Schools. Althouse realized that after the war there would be great opportunity...
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Spinning a Yarn
USING UNORTHODOX TOOLS TO FIND CONNECTIONS, INDIANA TEACHERS AND STUDENTS END UP WRITING A BOOK AND ARRANGING OTHER PROJECTS TO BLEND SUBJECT AREAS. There is nothing like having your own child in class to see what integrated curriculum is all about....
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STW Connections
What is the school-to-work connection for business education? This is a question many business educators are debating. Business educators must approach school-to-work in a proactive way. It is an opportunity for business educators to: share program successes;...
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To "V" or Not to "V"?
Some states, local school districts and teachers in the trenches still swear by the "v word." But others privately swear at it and are renaming their vocational systems, schools and programs. Why is it happening and what does it mean for the field? At...
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We Owe It to Ourselves
The AVA convention and trade show in Las Vegas could draw the largest number of attendees in recent years. With headliners like Leonard Nimoy, author Stan Davis and motivational speaker Emory Austin, five pre-convention seminars to choose from and hundreds...
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What Teachers Think of Teacher Education
In the fall of 1995 the Council for Basic Education mailed surveys to 1,650 teachers to learn how well their education prepared them for teaching; most of these teachers were award winners. CBE also surveyed all the teachers certified by the National...
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Where Are They Now?
Woodland High School,Woodland, CA comprehensive high school, grades 10-12 THEY WERE SOME OF THE PIONEERS IN CURRICULUM INTEGRATION WHEN WE WROTE ABOUT THEM IN 1991 AND 1992: WOODLAND HIGH SCHOOL IN WOODLAND, CA; POLYTECH HIGH SCHOOL IN WOODSIDE, DE;...
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Will You Get a Break?
Here's how the new tax laws may affect your household finances. Pressured to submit a balanced budget this year, Congress was pleased to find itself floating atop a buoyant economy. The strong numbers enabled politicians to include some promised tax...
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