ERIC Number: ED126845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
Directions of Higher Education Toward Careers.
Knierim, Karen H.
The vocationalists are highly critical of the liberal arts preparation propounded by the generalists. This criticism is based on the view that students today are primarily concerned with gaining usable skills for entrance to the work force rather than gaining a broad intellectual background. The generalists upbraid the vocationalists for promoting mere "training" for work that may quickly become obsolete rather than "education" for a career with a future. What does seem to be agreed to is that changing expectations, technology, composition of student bodies, and manpower needs of society require that our postsecondary educational system be carefully reviewed and improved in response to current and future needs. This outline of the arguments of the vocationalists and the generalists suggests some possible ways in which higher education can accommodate the objectives of both. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (Los Angeles, California, May 1976)