ERIC Number: ED242900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Emergence of the Technical Generalist.
Collins, Paul D.
Social problems are manifested earlier at home and particularly on the job by alienated, depressed, estranged, dissatisfied, poorly motivated employees who steal or are frequently absent. Some say the education of the young must be specialized to ensure productivity, but emphasis on job requirements seems to be a backward view. Education should be redesigned to focus on the student's requirements, to prepare students for uncertainty, and to educate students not for others' needs, but for their own. Adaptability is the quality that will save the system that demanded specialization. The necessity of taking into account the whole person and educating that person as a whole is here. The needs of the system have undone that same system and have opened the way for the technical generalist who knows many interacting, reinforcing, technical skills and can apply them. A proposed two-year course of study for the education of a technical generalist could be adopted in home economics, business/office, marketing/distribution, and health areas. It is composed of 16 areas, each of which could be taught 6 hours per day, 5 days a week for 6 weeks. Overall evaluation by placement, self-employment, or recycling specialization and follow-up concludes the process. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Allied Health Occupations, Business Education, Curriculum, Distributive Education, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Home Economics, Individual Needs, Job Skills, Marketing, Office Occupations Education, Personality Traits, Skill Development, Student Needs, Technical Occupations, Training, Transfer of Training, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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