Curriculum Development in Vocational and Technical Education: Planning, Content, and Implementation / Edition 5

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What is the current status of vocational and technical education programs? What are the current and projected sources of employment in various communities? How do these two questions influence each other? In order to keep up with the labor demands of an increasingly complex and technologically-oriented workplace, vocational and technical schools need to keep their programs on the cutting edge of contemporary work environments. This book offers useful information about how to plan, develop, implement, and succeed in vocational and technical programs. The twelve chapters take the reader through these programs from start to finish. Also included are numerous illustrations, forms, and descriptions of how to successfully work through the development process. Each chapter includes a set of references that assist in gathering additional related information. Instructors, administrators, curriculum specialists, and anyone involved in the vocational and technical education field.

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New edition of a text which presents principles for curriculum development in vocational and technical education. Covers contemporary designs for curriculum development, making decisions in planning the curriculum, collecting and assessing community-related data, making curriculum content decisions, developing curriculum materials, and assessing the curriculum. Appends a curriculum materials assessment form and an educational software assessment form. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205279029
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 948,775
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter begins with “Introduction” and concludes with “Summary” and “Related References.”


1.Curriculum Development: An Overview.

Historical Perspectives.

Contemporary Perceptions of Education.

Toward a Definition of Curriculum.

Characteristics of the Vocational and Technical Curriculum.

A Rationale for Curriculum Development in Vocational and Technical Education.

Utilizing Sections I, II, III, and IV.

2.Contemporary Designs for Curriculum Development.

A Systems View of Curriculum Development.

Selected Designs.


3.Making Decisions in Planning the Curriculum.

Strategic Planning in Education.

Decision Making in Education.

Factors Affecting Decision Making.

Decision-Making Strategies.

Establishing Standards for Decision Making.

Identifying Types of Data to Be Collected.

Making Decisions in Curriculum Planning.

4.Collecting and Assessing School-Related Data.

Assessing the Current Status of Vocational and Technical Education Programs.

Determining Student Occupational Interest.

Following Up Former Students.

Projecting Future Enrollments.

Assessing Facilities.

5.Collecting and Assessing Community-Related Data.

The Community.

Current and Projected Sources of Employment.

Projecting Labor Supply and Demand.

Assessing Current and Projected Labor Supply.

Interfacing Labor Demand and Supply.

Projecting Program Costs for Use in Decision Making.

Identifying and Assessing Available Resources.


6.Determining Curriculum Content.

Factors Associated with Determining Curriculum Content.

Selecting a Curriculum Content Determination Strategy.

Philosophical Basis for Content Determination.


The DACUM Approach.

Task Analysis.

The “All Aspects” of Industry Approach.

The Critical Incident Technique.

The Delphi Technique.

Synthesis of Strategies.

7.Making Curriculum Content Decisions.

The Content Decision-Making Process.

Identifying Constraints Related to Curriculum Content.

Examining Content as It Relates to Constraints.

The Curriculum Framework.

8.Setting Curriculum Goals and Objectives.

Curriculum Outcomes.

Types of Goals and Objectives.

Foundations of Educational Goal Formation.

Preparing Goals.

Preparing Objectives.

Sequencing Objectives within the Curriculum.


9.Identifying and Selecting Curriculum Materials.

Curriculum Materials.

Need for Securing Curriculum Materials.

Selecting Curriculum Materials.

Selecting Educational Software: A Special Case.

Textbook Selection.

Curriculum Materials for Learners with Special Needs.

Sources of Curriculum Materials.

Planning to Secure Curriculum Materials.

10.Developing Curriculum Materials.

Determining the Need for Curriculum Materials.

Factors to Consider in Curriculum Materials Development.

The Curriculum Materials Development Process.

Managing the Curriculum Materials Development Process.

Disseminating Curriculum Materials.

11.Curriculum Development for School-to-Work Transition.

School-to-Work Transition.

Individualized Instruction.

Modularized Instruction.

Competency-Based Education.

Integrating Academic and Vocational Education.

Tech Prep.

School-Based Enterprise.

12.Assessing the Curriculum.

A Framework for Assessment.

Planning for Assessment.

Instruments for Program and Materials Assessment.

Conducting the Program Assessment.

Assessing Curriculum Materials.

Utilizing Assessment Results for Curriculum Improvement.

Appendix A: Curriculum Materials Assessment Form.

Appendix B: Educational Software Assessment Form.


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