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ERIC Number: ED121967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec-6
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Giving the Work a Soul.
Bell, T. H.
Assuming the direct connection between vocational instruction and work, I want to discuss the implications of language and language research and of new research on the human brain for the future of vocational education. A language such as ours which uses alphabet signs rather than pictorial characters greatly facilitates the development of modern science. This development in turn shapes the scope and depth of vocational education. The most exciting frontier in education today is the research being done on the human brain. Assuming that different specialized learning functions are carried out by different parts of the brain and that memory is stored in all parts of the brain, then the task for educators is coordinating the traditional literacy-based pedagogy with tube-teaching and hands on learning. Although learning motivation is not clearly understood, "relevance" plays an important part in the learning process. The task of the vocational educator is to remain committed to the goal of performance-based learning while recognizing that in order to produce a solid result in terms of performance the learner must be treated as a whole individual whose needs and motivations transcend the specific skills to do a tangible job. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Speech presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (Anaheim, California, December 6, 1975)