ERIC Number: ED080703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
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Manpower Planning--The Threat or Spur to Education.
In England's recent history the country's best self-interest has been to provide more, better, and longer education. Following the post-war population growth, the raising of school-learning age, and free secondary education for all, the massive rise in further education was a part of the general increase in full-time higher education. Changing demands in education reflected a new social attitude toward equipping the handicapped with educational experiences, equal schooling for women, and a response to increased manpower needs. As it expands, our educational system tends to become a self-generating force when internal pressures are likely to promote growth independently of need. In this situation one needs to be aware of the following hazards of using manpower needs to direct education: (1) a practice of narrow, early specialization, (2) a too detailed matching of courses to current employment needs, (3) a restricted freedom to initiate new courses, (4) manipulating the educational system to meet manpower forecasts, and (5) attitudes toward degrees as automatic door openers to employment opportunities. Vocationalism in education becomes a threat only when it is allowed to lead to a narrowing rather than a broadening of thought and endeavor. (Author/MU)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Industrial Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Public Policy, Vocational Education
British Association for Commercial and Industrial Education, 16 Park Crescent, London W1N 4AP (no price quoted)
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Authoring Institution: British Association for Commercial and Industrial Education, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)