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ERIC Number: ED120382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Pages: 13
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Research Focus on Ethnic Minorities in Vocational Education.
Sheppard, N. Alan
In his paper, the author contends that ethnic minority groups must use the "weapon of research" to answer some of the unanswered questions in vocational education and to give guidance toward future corrections of these problems. But the topic is emotionally charged, as intensive research in the past has generated resentment among minorities. The keys to successful research, therefore, are relevance and constructive output, and the notion of conducting research as a bloodless, unemotional, and objective procedure is challenged. Six concerns are addressed by the author: (1) What is the current status of ethnic minorities in vocational education research? (2) How realistic is the research and development model in solving the educational problems of minorities? (3) To what extent might the interpretation of data by whites provide erroneous conclusions due to ignorance about the black referent? (4) How effective is vocational education in serving blacks, in particular, and ethnic minorities in general? (5) Is research emphasis on ethnic minorities in vocational education related to social-political activity? and (6) What kind of research is taking place in vocational education with the focus on minorities? Seven problems in the conduct of research in vocational education on ethnic minorities are briefly outlined. (Author/AJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Annual Convention (Anaheim, California, December 1975)