ERIC Number: ED076738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Broadening the Concept of Career Education. IRCD Bulletin, Volume 9, Number 2, March 1973.
Gordon, Edmund W.
Career may be defined as a course of continued progress in the life of a person. Since in the recent history of mankind, one's life has been largely defined by the work that one does, vocation or occupation has become the colloquial connotation for career. In the social order which is emerging, work may no longer be central, but may give way to other processes as the critical concerns of life; and our concept of career will be closer to the above definition. The educational tasks faced by the United States have been greatly complicated by three revolutionary developments in our society: (1) the explosion in the quantity and complexity of knowledge available to man; (2) emerging transition from an industrial society to a technological, cybernetic society; and, (3) the emergence of radical changes in the realms of political awareness, patterns of social organization, explicit values, and economic potential. To enable our educational efforts to match the demands of these developments, attention must be focused on remodeling the concepts and structure of education so that schools of the future will not only be more appropriately aligned with the needs of that future society, but will also be a positive force in facilitating societal transition. Society should thus give attention to five specific educational goals: (1) mastery of basic communication skills; (2) problem solving; (3) the management of knowledge; (4) employment leisure and continuing education; and, (5) self-management. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Education, Career Planning, Economic Development, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Information Needs, Social Change, Social Structure, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.