The New Vocationalism in Urban School Reform

K. Ramsey

Three changes are encouraging the move of vocational education reforms into the mainstream: (1) the growing consensus that all youth benefit from some career focus; (2) the "new vocationalism" of Tech Prep and integrated vocational/academic education; and (3) the business world's interest in closer ties with public education. The best way to promote this move is to link vocational reforms like Tech Prep and integrated education to systemic reforms like restructured governance, increased choice, assessment, and the professionalization of teachers. Policy instruments that support the new vocationalism, as well as those that hinder it, are evaluated in detail. This look at the future of the new vocationalism maps out the most promising strategies for educators and policymakers to pursue.

MDS-1037 / January 1996


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