ERIC Number: ED109417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Cluster Concept in Vocational Education.
The cluster concept in vocational education addresses itself to issues of: job-entry preparation; geographic and occupational mobility; optimum employability for young adults; the processes by which occupational or career decisions are made; worker adaptability in a rapidly changing labor market; and the effects of continuous education on career ladders. Essential differences between a cluster concept vocational program and the traditional vocational program reflect the stress on breadth of preparation bridging over into skills and information for a series of related occupations versus depth in a single occupational category. Chapters 1 and 2 present basic ideas and rationale for the cluster concept in vocational education, while Chapter 3 emphasizes pyramidal and vertical-hierarchical structure patterns of cluster organization, as well as descriptions of specific programs throughout the nation. Chapter 4 deals with physical facilities and instructional patterns for cluster programs and is followed in Chapter 5 by a comprehensive presentation of the cluster concept developed at the University of Maryland. Chapters 6 and 7 deal with vocational education teacher recruitment and preparation for the cluster concept and cluster concept program evaluation. The concluding summary chapter highlights possible concerns of school systems in planning and implementing a cluster concept program.
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Career Guidance, Career Planning, Employment Opportunities, Instructional Programs, Occupational Clusters, Occupational Information, Postsecondary Education, Program Design, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
American Technical Society, 848 East 58th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637 ($6.50)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Technical Society, Chicago, IL.