ERIC Number: ED126355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Implications From the History of Vocational Education. Occasional Paper No. 15.
Barlow, Melvin L.
Today's vocational education program can be traced to basic principles established during the formative period of vocational education. Although the implementation of vocational education may change, basic principles continue to stand. Four points of view, randomly selected from the past 200 years, which seem to be present in vocational education programs today are the concepts of: (1) an educated worker, (2) "who" in vocational education, (3) what constitutes vocational education, and (4) professional association. The impact of the concept of the educated worker was reflected in the support of general/vocational education by labor unions during the 1800's, the elements of general/vocational instruction of the Smith-Hughes Act, and the broad educational goals stated by the National Society for the Promotion of Industrial Education (NSPIE) in 1907. Likewise, the concept of "who" in vocational education was inclusively pronounced in 1908: "Race, creed, color, sex, or national origin shall not debar anyone from vocational education." In regard to what constitutes vocational education, the principle of social concern and relationship of vocational education to social well-being has not changed. Moreover, the American Vocational Association is based upon the earlier foundations of the NSPIE and the National Society for Vocational Education. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational Education.
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