ERIC Number: ED182463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Vocational Education: The Future Is Now. Occasional Paper No. 37.
Ellis, Mary L.
Planning for the future of vocational education should center around both external and internal perspectives. Planning for change should be based on the implications of the broadest societal issues as they evolve over the coming years. Accordingly, vocational programs need to be carefully reviewed to make certain students are being prepared to look beyond the entry level and to understand how skills and experiences on one level may later apply to another level or occupation. The profession needs to organize programs, institutions, agencies, and individuals to respond to the changes as they occur. If we accept projections of the age, sex, and racial composition of the work force, it probably means a transition to a new organization for the delivery of vocational education. Perhaps the profession needs one or more of its members to become vocational futurists--constantly challenging the planning of vocational education in the context of major social, economic, and political change. More emphasis should be placed on research and development toward retooling vocational education. The Department of Labor youth employment initiative may be the first of these challenges. (Twenty-one questions and answers from the audience of research and development personnel are appended.) (MEK)
Descriptors: Economic Change, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Futures (of Society), Social Change, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 ($1.90).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: Paper presented at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (Columbus, OH, June 1978).