New Studies of Literacy, Science, Support Five Core Principles of Curriculum Integration

New Studies of Literacy, Science, Support Five Core Principles of Curriculum Integration

3/1/2010
Louisville, KY

The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE), funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) at the U.S. Department of Education, has released Capitalizing on Context: Curriculum Integration in Career and Technical Education, a report that provides further support for the five principles of curriculum integration originally found in the NRCCTE’s scientifically based Math-in-CTE study, which was completed in 2005.

This report summarizes the findings of three NRCCTE research studies that focus on integrating career and technical education (CTE) with general education coursework: (1) the original Math-in-CTE study, now the basis of the Center’s hallmark ongoing technical assistance and professional development activity; (2) the Authentic Literacy Applications pilot study, completed in 2009 with a full-year study launched in 2010; and the Science-in CTE pilot study, launched in 2010. Although these three studies focus on different areas of curriculum integration, all three have supported the five core principles initially found in the Math-in-CTE study. The five core principles essential to successful integration are:

1. Develop and sustain a community of practice among the teachers;

2. Begin with the CTE curriculum and not the academic curriculum;

3. Understand that academics are essential workplace knowledge and skills;

4. Maximize the academics in the CTE curriculum; and

5. Recognize that CTE teachers are teachers of academics-in-CTE, and not academic teachers.

The findings of the Authentic Literacy and Science-in-CTE studies will help the NRCCTE develop additional technical assistance programs and help career and technical educators and administrators in their development and approach to curriculum integration.

“Creating effective CTE curriculum includes emphasizing the core academic subjects,” said NRCCTE Director James R. Stone III. “This joint report helps us to compare the five principles to help our teachers do this more effectively.”

The complete report and more information about the Center’s research on curriculum integration can be found on the NRCCTE website at www.nrccte.org.

Kirsten Sundell
Communications Director

Cara DiMattina
Dissemination Coordinator

About the NRCCTE

The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) is the primary agent for generating scientifically based knowledge, dissemination, professional development, and technical assistance to improve career and technical education (CTE) in the United States. The NRCCTE works to improve the engagement, achievement, and transition of high school and postsecondary CTE students through technical assistance to states, professional development for CTE practitioners, and dissemination of knowledge derived from scientifically based research. The NRCCTE is funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education.