ERIC Number: ED122085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Secondary Vocational Education. NAM [National Association of Manufacturers] Public Policy Report.
National Association of Manufacturers, New York, NY. Education Committee.
An education committee task force of the National Association of Manufacturers conducted an indepth study of secondary vocational education and concluded that many of these programs are unable to adequately meet the occupational training needs of students or the manpower requirements of industry. Major weaknesses cited are: (1) too few students are receiving occupational training in areas where jobs are available or expected to be available, (2) problem of dropouts, (3) lack of program relevancy, (4) lack of student familiarity with the world of work prior to reaching high school, (5) lack of program flexibility, and (6) limited career counseling. Limited business and industry involvement in vocational education and unnecessarily high education requirements for jobs also are contributing factors. Cooperative education programs are considered valuable, but their expansion is impeded by union policy and local, State, and Federal laws. The summary report concludes with a policy statement incorporating several suggestions for improving the effectiveness of vocational education programs. (RG)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Job Training, National Organizations, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Education Department, National Association of Manufacturers, 277 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10017 (No charge for single copies)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Manufacturers, New York, NY. Education Committee.