ERIC Number: ED339827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
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The Impact of the 1950s' Sino-American Industrial Vocational Education Cooperative Project on the Current Technical Vocational Education in the Republic of China.
Chang, Frank Tien-Jin
In the 1950s, the U.S. government offered several projects to help Taiwan, one of which was the Industrial Vocational Education Cooperative Project. An advisory team was sent to Taiwan to help review the industrial education system, restructure the curriculum, and renew the teaching-learning facilities in the industrial vocational high schools. With grants from the U.S. government, a cooperative project was launched, and active measures were taken. The Department of Industrial Education was established at Provincial Taiwan Normal University to train professional teachers for the industrial vocational high schools. The Taiwanese government selected eight industrial vocational senior high schools to carry out a pilot teaching program that followed the U.S. Unit Trade Training Curriculum. In 1958, a survey was made of the industrial job market in Taiwan. Six keys to the success of the cooperative project were identified: (1) strong support from both governments; (2) the provision of developmental funds by both governments; (3) effective teacher training programs; (4) the exchange of ideas; (5) pilot schools; and (6) effective management. Due to the success of this project, a solid foundation for the development of industrial vocational education in Taiwan was established. After 30 years of growth, a dual system has emerged: a general education system and the technical vocational education system. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Identifiers: Taiwan; United States
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Los Angeles, CA, December 6-10, 1991).