The Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies: A New Case for Curriculum Integration in Technology Education

Zinser, Richard; Poledink, Paul
September 2005
Journal of Technology Education;Fall2005, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p69
Academic Journal
This article examines the rationale and strategies for academic integration and shows how the new Ford program is a prominent example of effective curriculum development in technology education. In the Fall of 2004, the Ford Motor Co. launched a new pre-engineering curriculum for high schools. The development process for the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies took approximately three years, building on an earlier manufacturing program. According to the author, technical programs can have a narrow focus on entry-level job skills and may limit students potential for post secondary education, without a strong academic foundation. The Ford curriculum consists substantial content from the core academic areas of math, science, English and social studies. The technology education program fits the definition of integrated instruction, by consciously making connections with academic subjects. By working through projects the students can learn business and engineering skills, such as developing a tour schedule for a pop musical group.


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