ERIC Number: ED189278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Basic Reading Skills and Vocational Education. Information Series No. 200.
Thornton, L. Jay
Divided into five sections, this review and synthesis paper provides vocational educators with an overview of issues involved in the relationship between basic reading skills and vocational education. The introduction discusses reading in vocational education as both a curricular or educational issue and as an occupational or employment-skill issue. It presents four areas of questions which should be asked of vocational educators regarding readability, the relationship between curricular and occupational literature, reading instruction, and student reading needs. The second section, Reading in Vocational Education, reviews literature and research on reading in two parts: (1) reading as a curricular activity, with focus on three topics--vocational program prerequisites, analysis of textbooks and related literature, and reading program development, and (2) occupational reading. The third section concerns research on reorganizing reading priorities in vocational education. Section 4, Call for Research, lists ten topics for future studies: relationship of occupational literature to tasks, employers' perceptions of needed reading skills, readability index for occupational reading; general literacy versus occupational literacy, transferability, upward mobility, teacher education, interim strategies, special needs, and coordination between academic and vocational programs. A philosophy of reading for vocational education is found in the final section. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Content Area Reading, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Postsecondary Education, Readability, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Secondary Education, Student Needs, Textbook Evaluation, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 ($2.35)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.