Magazine article Techniques

Jumpstart Integration Efforts

Magazine article Techniques

Jumpstart Integration Efforts

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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 to reconstruct the American high school-to grapple with some of its most serious failings and develop a new vision of what secondary education should be."

In 1992 researchers at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education recognized eight model strategies for curriculum integration: more academic content in vocational coursework; team teaching between academic and vocational teachers; relevant academic courses or applied academics; alignment of academic and vocational curricula; senior projects to demonstrate coursework knowledge; academy models that relate to occupations and employers; occupational high schools and magnet schools; and occupational clusters, career paths or occupational majors.

Whichever models educators use, integrating academic and vocational education promotes stronger teaching and increased learning. The fragmented approach of separate disciplines leaves learners on their own to make connections between content and application. …

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