ERIC Number: ED222704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A National Prospectus on Vocational Education: Its Impact on Research and Leadership Development. Occasional Paper No. 85.
Hopkins, Charles O.
Vocational educators must look critically at the innovations and changing technology contributing to reindustrialization and must determine their role in training workers with skills necessary to obtain jobs in changing occupations. Included among the areas in which vocational educators must develop new programs are business and industry, energy production, agriculture, construction, industrial maintenance, electronic communications, and health care and support services. As the federal role in vocational education diminishes, vocational education must seek new national leadership. While it is clear that changes will be seen in vocational leadership, it is difficult to predict the source or direction of the change. One thing that can be predicted, however, is the fact that in the future vocational students will be older and will have greater aptitudes and abilities. In addition, increasing numbers of women and handicapped people will enter the ranks of vocational students. Increased demands for more highly skilled workers will increase the need for relevant competency-based vocational instruction. Consequently, vocational administrators must do more to relate their programs to the training needs of business and industry. Furthermore, vocational educators must turn to research to find more efficient delivery systems and must give more consideration to long-range implications in their planning efforts. (MN)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Financial Support, Government Role, Leadership, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, School Business Relationship, School Role, Secondary Education, Student Needs, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (OC 85, $2.25).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: Paper presented to the National Center for Research in Vocational Education at a Staff Development Seminar.