ERIC Number: ED333172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: 0
Revamping Vocational Education.
Updating School Board Policies, v22 n4 p1-3,5 May 1991
Historically, vocational education has been targeted at those destined for nonprofessional work, and vocational teachers, administrators, and students have become isolated from the mainstream of secondary education. Research has found broader student participation in vocational education than anticipated, the numbers peaked in 1984 and now are suffering widespread decline. A new emphasis on vocational education over the "basic skills only" approach can better serve the majority of students who will work for smaller firms that cannot afford job training. A basic tenet of the new Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act is integration of academic and vocational education to reform the entire curriculum. The new law also directs federal resources to the poorest districts that need the most improvement. Perhaps the most significant change is that much of the initiative for setting goals to improve local programs should come from the local level. Recommendations for local school boards are to expand the name to vocational-technical education, expand program content, offer high quality programs to all students, form partnerships with business, and integrate female students. (YLB)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role, Educational Finance, Educational History, Educational Improvement, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Enrollment, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Integrated Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, Public Policy, School District Autonomy, Secondary Education, State School District Relationship, Student Participation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers: Carl D Perkins Voc and Appl Techn Educ Act 1990