ERIC Number: ED057785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Case for Vocational Education in the Junior College With an Introductory Review of Recent Research.
Barlow, Melvin L.; Park, Young
Junior College Research Review, v6 n6 February 1972
This issue on the general planning of vocational-technical education emphasizes that education for employment should be the main purpose of the educational enterprise, and that junior colleges should occupy a dominant position in this preparation. Vocational education was conceived of as part of the total educational structure and vocational theorists have never thought of it in any other way. It should be offered as an alternative to the "go-to-college" concept that has been so over-sold as to be taken for granted. The college preparatory program in high school and community college is probably the greatest farce ever. There can be no dichotomy between the general goals of education and vocational training. More and more the terms vocational education and occupational education are being used synonymously. This should not create confusion as both indicate preparation for the world of work. Toward the end of the 1950s a number of regional conferences directed attention to post-secondary vocational education programs. These national studies showed that the vocational needs of people are a high-priority issue. The role of the junior college in meeting these needs has been clear over the past decade, but the junior college has been slow to accept its responsibility. Career education is a national goal with high priority but it can not be achieved unless junior colleges offer more options and seek greater inter-cooperation. (Author/AL)
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.; American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.