Summary Statements for Vocational Education Standards

Vocational Education Journal, January 1996 | Go to article overview

Summary Statements for Vocational Education Standards


The requirements recommended by the Vocational Education Standards Committee for National Board certification are organized into the following 12 summary statements. The standards have been ordered to facilitate understanding, not to assign priorities.

Creating a Productive Learning Environment

1 Knowledge of StudentsAccomplished vocational teachers are dedicated to advancing the learning and well-being of all students. They personalize their instruction and apply knowledge of human development to best understand and meet their students' needs.

2 Knowledge of Subject MatterAccomplished vocational teachers command a core body of general vocational knowledge about the world of work in general and the skills and processes that cut across industries, industry-specific knowledge and a base of general academic knowledge. They draw on this knowledge to establish curricular goals, design instruction, facilitate student learning and assess student progress.

3 Learning EnvironmentAccomplished vocational teachers efficiently manage their classrooms and create an environment that fosters democratic values, risk taking and a love of learning. In this environment, students develop knowledge, skills and confidence through contextualized learning activities, independent and collaborative laboratory work and simulated workplace experiences.

4 Advancing Student LearningAccomplished vocational teachers foster experiential and performancebased student learning of vocational subject matter by creating important, engaging activities for students that draw upon an extensive repertoire of methods, strategies and resources. Their practice also is marked by their ability to productively integrate vocational and academic disciplines.

5 Workplace ReadinessAccomplished teachers develop student career decision-making and employability skills by creating opportunities for students to gain understanding of workplace cultures and expectations. …

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