Vocational Education Journal

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. 69, No. 4, April

At Butler Vo-Tech, Students - and Teachers - Still Have Thei
Would you buy into a program that in one year increased perfect attendance by 208 percent, decreased the dropout rate by 60 percent and upped enrollment by 15 percent? Especially if it didn't cost your school a cent?Those are questions posed to vocational-technical...
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AVA to Congress: Invest in Vo-Tech
While vocational educators all understand the importance of preparing students to earn good salaries, they occasionally differ on what skills are most important to realize a high quality of life. Most vocational educators probably would say "technical...
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Day Care: Not Just for Kids Anymore
Can you remember how it felt to have a grandparent show you how to bake a batch of cookies or plant a seed? Do you have warm memories of an older adult who accepted you just as you were? These valuable intergenerational experiences are part of a new...
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Dual Enrollment Gets Students Where They Want to Go - Only F
On her first day of ambulance duty, Charri Ostin didn't get a call all day. On day two, she got five calls and transported three patients to the hospital emergency room.A typical experience of a new full-time emergency medical technician? Not quite....
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Facts of Life
Teenagers often have a firmer grasp on reality than we suppose. In surveys they show remarkable insight when asked to project what their future family and work lives will be like. But those same surveys indicate there's a lot of naivete about relationships...
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High-Performance Education
If you take your car into a shop to have the brakes fixed and the technician completed an occupational automotive program with a 70 percent average, how would you feel about the repair job? Would you be concerned that the brakes might function correctly...
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Know What the Job Demands
As you look ahead to your summer break from the classroom, if you have one, consider using this time to get into the workplace and take a close look at the jobs and the job field for which you are preparing your students. Some of you automatically put...
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Mastering the Multicultural Mix
Life skills courses are among the most difficult to teach because the content is inherently subjective. In the multicultural classrooms of today, students may have vastly different views on appropriate behavior in such situations as a job interview or...
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Moving Away from Reactive Guidance
The importance of career guidance and counseling in school-to-work programs has been getting national recognition in reports such as "Workplace Basics: Skills Employers Want" and "Turning Points: Preparing American Youth for the 21st Century."However,...
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New Challenges for School Counselors
The School-to-Work Opportunities Act is a challenge to our nation to create a coordinated system by which youth move from high school to further training and productive work. The school counselor has long been involved in facilitating this transition,...
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Outlook for Generation X
The teaching of "life skills" to secondary students requires knowledge of the lives of young people and the societal trends that predict the kind of adult world they will join after high school.Probably every young generation claims that it goes through...
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Sixth Graders Enthusiastic about Career Exploration
About four years ago, the Elkhart Area Career Center in Indiana developed a career exploration project for sixth graders in all of the surrounding school districts. More than 1,000 sixth graders from 20 elementary school participate in the program.The...
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Special Projects for Dropout Prevention
After working with dropouts for several years and observing the large number of young people leaving school without sufficient academic skills, vocational training and/or employability skills, we looked at how we could help with dropout preventions,...
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Suffer the Children
Jenny Sue entered the home economics classroom as the 8 a.m. bell rang. Her eyes were red, swollen and hollow as she quietly told me she had been up most of the night because her mother had been fighting with her stepfather, an alcoholic. She said she...
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The Making of a Comprehensive Plan
Changing labor markets, extended life expectancy, the expectation of lifelong learning, divorce, single-parent families, blended families, suicide, substance abuse, sexual experimentation and peer pressure are not abstract issues. They are very real...
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This Time, Physics and Chemistry
The integration of academic competencies into vocational curricula is a great challenge for vocational teachers.In 1991, we began a project to integrate math and English competencies into Alan Badeaux's welding classes at Crossland High School in Temple...
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Vocational Education in the 1990s II - Vocational Education
Vocational Education in the 1990s II Craig Anderson and Lary C. Rampp, editors Prakken Publications, 1993 294 pp., $19.50Subtitled A Sourcebook for Strategies, Methods and Materials, this collection of articles includes many interesting and timely thoughts...
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