ERIC Number: ED253697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
State Concerns in the Future Development of Vocational Education. Occasional Paper No. 98.
Because of the rapid changes in the world of work, education is hard-pressed to meet society's needs. If education is to meet the needs of the future, it must not merely update, but radically change its model. Because technology changes the workplace so quickly, specific vocational skills are no longer a valid product of vocational education. Instead, vocational education should provide all students with generic skills that are flexible and transferable from one area to another. One state that has been attempting to meet this challenge is Arizona, where partnerships of business, industrial, and educational leaders have been meeting to determine needs and how to meet them. From these partnerships have evolved an emphasis on competency-based education, the provision of career development skills and employability skills, and better articulation between secondary and postsecondary educational institutions. One new program, called Jobs for Arizona Graduates, has successfully prepared high school students for jobs after graduation by helping them gain employability skills and focus on goals. Although Arizona's approach has been successful, it is but a beginning. Across the nation, leadership must emerge and educators must be willing to tackle the difficult issues and plan for the future. The system of education must change; the Nation's future depends on it. (A section of questions and answers is included in this report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Career Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Trends, Employment Potential, Futures (of Society), Job Skills, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (OC98--$3.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.