ERIC Number: ED326668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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A Study of Technological and Vocational Education in the Republic of China: Some Concepts and Their Implementation.
Chang, Frank Tien-Jin
During the past 100 years, technological development in the Republic of China has not been able to catch up with that of western industrialized countries. An important reason is that early Chinese society despised technology and failed to include technical education in orthodox, mainstream education. The concept that one's advancement is in proportion to and based on one's academic achievement affects the content and direction of education even now. Since it has moved to Taiwan from the mainland, the government of the Republic of China has devoted large amounts of money, personnel, and materials to the development of technological and vocational education. The rapid growth of the Taiwan economy is honored as the Taiwan experience and as a model for developing countries. Although the content and teaching methods of trade training have produced many skilled specialists, scholars and educational administrators are now afraid that students receiving only trade training may not have a strong background in mathematics, physics, or chemistry and may not be able to adapt to the new challenges and rapid change in a scientific and technological society. The concepts of cluster programs, career education, lifelong education, and competency-based education are gradually being imported. (13 endnotes) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Vocational Education and Training Association (Cincinnati, OH, November 30-December 4, 1990).