Lessons Learned from Highly Implemented Programs of Study

Publication Natalie Stipanovic, Rob Shumer, and Sam StringfieldJanuary 2012

In 2009-2010, the NRCCTE conducted a cross-site evaluation of the Center’s three field-based longitudinal studies of POS through the project, Programs of Study – A Cross-Study Examination of Programs in Three States. This evaluative study, now concluded, allowed the NRCCTE to explore lessons learned regarding POS across three schools that were identified as having a high level of POS implementation. The researchers’ goal was to compare common elements across the schools in order to uncover key components that could be shared with others actively involved in developing more effective POS.

This article describes findings derived from numerous interviews held with those engaged in highly implemented POS. Findings indicated that collaboration and effective communication played pivotal roles. Collaborations with institutions like community colleges and career centers provided many of the supports needed to develop comprehensive POS, and support the alignment of educational initiatives with the needs and standards of business and industry. Further, collaboration between academic and CTE instructors provided the relevance students needed to make learning both interesting and useful. Developing relationships with businesses and industries provided both the support and expertise needed to develop relevant programs and work-based learning opportunities for students.

Stipanovic, N., Shumer, R., & Stringfield, S. (2012). Lessons learned from highly implemented programs of study. Techniques, 87(1), 20-23.

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