ERIC Number: ED126368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-16
Reference Count: 0
A Search for a Philosophy of Vocational Education.
Law, Charles J., Jr.
In the light of the manifest need for a clear, concise, defineable philosophical base the author presents an historical review of vocational education in the United States, and questions the validity of its early beliefs and tenets in terms of the needs of today's society. Five chapters discuss the following topics: (1) the pressure for re-evaluation of the philosophy of vocational education programs and of program accountability in relation to Federal funding; (2) the historical search for a philosophical base, touching on: the Land-Grant College movement of Jonathan Baldwin Turner, the manual training philosophy of Calvin M. Woodward, the trade school movement, the 1963 Vocational Education Act, and the philosophies and opinions of John Dewey, Charles W. Eliot, Charles A. Prosser, Melvin L. Barlow, and other educators; (3) tentative philosophy based on five factors of vocational education considered in terms of a longitudinal historical perspective of vocational education as a function of formal education; (4) the salability of theoretical versus concrete skills; and (5) Leon M. Lessinger's theories regarding curriculum development. A summary presents five conclusions. Lessinger's paper, Educational Stability in An Unstable Technical Society, is appended. (LH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of State Directors of Vocational Education (Washington, D.C., May 12-16, 1975)