ERIC Number: ED160745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Role and Responsibility of Industry in the Professional Development of Vocational Educators.
Since little attention has been given to defining a role for industry in the professional development of educators, the need exists for an administrative structure that facilitates jointly-sponsored in-service education with planning to identify participants, determine individual objectives and work stations, to supervise work experience, and to arrange for academic credit. One example of a strategy used to bridge the communication gap that often exists between education and industry is a series of seminars called "Economics in the Classroom," which was part of a teacher professional development model that combined the resources of public schools, business/industry, organized labor, state/local community organizations, teacher organizations, and local colleges/universities. The successful formula used for the design and implementation of these seminars could serve as a model for structuring professional development programs for vocational teachers. The key element seems to be the responsibilities of the groups comprising the steering committee. Also central to the success of a collaborative relationship is the involvement and initiative of the local plant manager. Staff development is necessary for vocational educators to continue to improve their performance and keep up-to-date in their fields. The private sector should play a direct role in the design of the program, hosting some of the conferences, providing instructional personnel and facilities, and assisting in the evaluation of the training. (BM)
Descriptors: Business, Business Responsibility, Colleges, Community Involvement, Cooperative Planning, Industry, Inplant Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Professional Training, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Development, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship, Teacher Associations, Unions, Universities, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.