International Journal of
Vocational and Technical Education

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Voc. Tech. Educ.
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJVTE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 97

Full Length Research Paper

Identifying connections between career and technical education (CTE) and academic programs through standards of learning

Joseph Mukuni
  • Joseph Mukuni
  • School of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Career and Technical Education Program, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, USA.
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Bill Price
  • Bill Price
  • School of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Career and Technical Education Program, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, USA.
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  •  Received: 20 January 2016
  •  Accepted: 08 June 2016
  •  Published: 30 June 2016

Abstract

This article describes a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pre-service teacher preparation class project requiring students to identify academic standards of learning relating to the competencies that they teach in their program areas with a view to encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration between CTE teachers and colleagues in academic disciplines. Demonstrating that CTE can contribute significantly to academic growth as measured by SOLs should help in de-stigmatizing CTE. The method underlying the project described in this article comprised requiring CTE pre-service teacher education students to incorporate in their lessons standards of learning relating to (for example, English, Mathematics, Science, and History/Social science). The aim of this study was to show the relationship between CTE and academic subjects as a way of enhancing student motivation in CTE courses and also providing a rationale for co-ordination and cooperation between CTE teachers and teachers of academic subjects.

 

Key words: Standards of learning, collaboration, career and technical education, situated learning, reflections, best practices.