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ERIC Number: ED001794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Apr
Pages: 110
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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION IN THE PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
DAUWALDER, DONALD D.
THE ECONOMY, THE EMPLOYMENT-UNEMPLOYMENT RATIO, AND THE AMOUNT, TYPE, AND LEVEL OF AVAILABLE EDUCATION HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE GENERAL ECONOMIC DECLINE OF THE PITTSBURGH STANDARD METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA (SMSA). A SURVEY WAS MADE TO ASSIST IN OVERCOMING THE SITUATION. THE PRESENT AND FUTURE STUDENT POPULATION NEED WAS EXAMINED AGAINST THE PRESENT PROGRAM OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. REDESIGN WAS SUGGESTED IN TERMS OF INDUSTRY'S NEED FOR EMPLOYEES, BASED ON KINDS OF SKILLS AND TYPES OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES. A PICTURE IS PRESENTED OF POPULATION CHANGES, THE STATUS OF INDUSTRY, UNEMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS, THE ROLE OF LABOR UNIONS, AND TOTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. PARENTAL, STUDENT, AND WRITTEN STUDIES, QUESTIONNAIRE ANSWERS, AND PERSONAL INTERVIEWS RESULTED IN TABLES AND STATISTICS FROM WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS WERE MADE. THE SURVEY REVEALED INADEQUATE VOCATIONAL TRAINING RESULTING FROM EMPHASIS ON ACADEMIC EDUCATION, LACK OF FUNDS, AND POOR ATTITUDE ON THE PART OF SCHOOLS, STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND COMMUNITY. DEEMED NECESSARY WERE--INCREASED GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICE, PARTICULARLY IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, ACCOMMODATION BY THE JUNIOR OR COMMUNITY COLLEGES OF THE 60 STUDENTS NOT RECEIVING POST-HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION BECAUSE OF LACK OF FUNDS, AND ACQUISITION BY STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND THE COMMUNITY OF REALISTIC KNOWLEDGE OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES, TRAINING REQUIRED, AND THE COST OF SUCH TRAINING. IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT ONLY BY HAVING AND USING ACCURATE AND CURRENT KNOWLEDGE CAN A PROGRAM REQUIRED IN OUR TECHNOLOGICAL AGE BE PROVIDED. COMMUNITY AND HOME ATTITUDES MUST BE INFLUENCED TO LEAD STUDENTS INTO VOCATIONAL AREAS. COOPERATION BY ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY IS NECESSARY TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT FUNDS FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. AN APPENDIX IS ATTACHED.
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Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)