ERIC Number: ED141498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Dec-5
Toward a National Policy for Vocational Education.
The importance of having a national policy for vocational education (called for by the National Advisory Council for Vocational Education) is the focus of this speech. After citing and discussing some baseline facts about vocational education's budget and enrollment figures, the author provides several reasons for having a national policy: (1) The scope of responsibility of the vocational education establishment has never been precisely defined, (2) vocational education is uniquely vulnerable to attack from its critics because there is no carefully articulated policy against which its effectiveness can be measured, and (3) the need to strengthen the tradition of local control and adaptability with a clear and comprehensive policy which defines goals precisely so that individual institutions and subsystems can pursue them confidently and systematically. The author also discusses major points from the papers delivered at the vocational education Bicentennial Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, such as the work ethic, reshaping employers' approaches to the definition of work, harmonizing vocational educational policy with policy on other related areas, and the need for knowledge of the labor force. Concluding statements cover the author's ideas about the direction which a national policy should take. (HD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A