Federal Programs Supporting Educational Change

Vol. III, Appendix D, Innovations in Career Education

by Anthony H. Pascal, Richard F. Elmore, Todd I. Endo, Lawrence McCluskey

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Appendix D to Vol. III in a series of reports, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Education, on federally funded (change agent) programs designed to introduce and spread innovative practices in public schools. This appendix deals with career education projects funded under the Vocational Education Act, 1968 Amendments, Part D, which was designed to create exemplary programs that would enhance career awareness and readiness. The appendix outlines USOE planning strategies and the role of state education agencies. The synthesis of fieldwork case studies (seven are included) describes the similarities and differences found in the planning, implementation, and adaptation of each of the projects covered. From the limited evidence, career education in its current development phase is a fairly weak program treatment, made up of standard components, and has been used by many local education agencies to try to achieve other-to them more important-ends.

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