ERIC Number: ED199563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Future of Vocational Education: Implications for Local Planning.
Ruff, Richard D.
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education has completed the first two years of an effort in futures research. The purpose of year 1 was to collect and synthesize information concerning the major societal trends which are likely to influence vocational education during the 1980s. The major thrust of year 2 was directed towards analysis and interpretation of year 1 data for the purpose of generating alternative 1990 scenarios for vocational education. Among the trends identified was the marked advances in high technology that will occur in the 1980s. The dominant source of demographic change in the 1980s will be a continuing influence of the baby boom generation born between the years 1945 and 1963. The full force of the aging of the baby boom children will be felt by secondary schools during the 1980s. The general trend of the public mood is toward fiscal conservatism, at least during the next several years. This suggests that public support for vocational education may drop off in the 1980s. The shift to an information-based society and labor market indicates that clients of vocational education must possess the skills necessary to collect, synthesize, and disseminate information. (A scenario for vocational education in 1990 is also included.) (LRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Center for Research Vocational Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 1981). For a related document see CE 027 568.