Building The Middle

S. E. Berryman, E. Flaxman, M. Inger

This paper is an interpretive synthesis of the research of NCRVE on a series of educational reforms related to the preparation of youth for postsecondary training and work--including cognitive apprenticeship, Tech Prep, integrated vocational and academic education, vocational education as part of general education, career magnet schools, academies, work-based youth apprenticeship, cooperative education, and school-based enterprise. Each of the reforms is assessed in terms of six educational objectives. The authors feel that the nation needs to objectively examine the various proposals for work preparation to build an educatively powerful training system for students--not just a patchwork of different programs, not one of which meets the basic criteria for positioning students for middle-skill jobs.

MDS-408 / June 1993


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