ERIC Number: ED197208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening Work Related Education and Training in the 1980's Through Improved Guidance Programs in the Reauthorization of Vocational Education Legislation.
Pinson, Nancy; And Others
Guidance and vocational education personnel have continued to play key roles in responding to individual and societal needs that have arisen as a result of the occupational, social, and economic changes occurring over the last 80 years. Guidance programs serve as the link between providing occupational training and employment readiness for the eventual transition to and satisfaction in the workplace. A total guidance team requires a variety of trained professionals to provide services in areas such as self-assessment; career awareness, planning, exploration, and decisions; work experience; coping with work; economic realism; work and training options; job placement and job progression; and followup. Guidance and counseling programs can contribute to the goals of vocational education by strengthening depressed communities, meeting the nation's need for qualified workers, keeping vocational education relevant, energy conservation and generation technology, responding to client groups needing more services, and responding to the nation's equity goals. When assessing improvements needed in vocational education legislation, one must consider the fact that guidance is a program and that guidance programs (1) are developmental and comprehensive, (2) focus on individuals' competencies and not just their deficits, (3) are built on a team approach, and (4) mandate articulation. (MN)
Descriptors: Counselor Role, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Energy Conservation, Guidance Objectives, Guidance Personnel, Guidance Programs, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Program Design, Program Development, Program Improvement, Relevance (Education), School Role, Secondary Education, Social Change, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: American Vocational Association, Washington, DC. Guidance Div.; American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.