ERIC Number: ED179790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec-2
Reference Count: 0
Business-Industry-Labor Involvement in Lifelong Vocational-Technical Education.
Warmbrod, Catharine P.
The knowledge explosion dramatizes the need for education throughout peoples' lives, while technological change in particular fuels business, industry, and labor's imperative to cooperate closely with education to prepare people for work. In order to obtain the training, retraining, upgrading, and recycling of persons and skills, changes in work and life patterns, as well as incentive, will be needed. Numerous factors are altering the heretofore standard linear life pattern--factors such as inequitable work distribution among the population's three major age groups, a sense of job stagnation of underutilization, sex-role changes, and people's desire to pursue several educational or career tracks. Cyclic life patterns offer some relief from pressures and problems of linear life pattern inflexibility, while also helping to deal with various social problems simultaneously. Possible academic-business cooperation in this area might include work leaves for education and flexitime to permit part-time, extended education. Educational institutions, in turn, must assess their courses, scheduling, and all factors affecting the way they meet adult learners' needs; they must encourage diversity of teaching and learning styles. Community colleges will need to help persons progressing in or changing careers. Business-industry-labor conferences, such as the one held at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education in 1978, can also help states to increase input into staff development and lifelong education for work. (CP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association annual convention (Anaheim, California, December 2, 1979)