ERIC Number: ED204500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
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National Economic Development: The Major Rationale for Vocational Education in the 1980s.
Hjelm, Howard F.
The American economy faces many problems today--declining productivity, the major one. A major cause of America's economic downturn has been excessive government intervention in the economy, along with excessive government spending and taxation. President Reagan's economic programs promise an assault on this excessive regulation, as well as spending cuts and tax reductions to spur the private sector. Historically, vocational education has played an important role in response to the changing educational and economic needs of the nation, and it will continue to meet these challenges in the 1980s. Some of the ways vocational education contributes to the economy are by such programs as cooperative vocational education, linking school to work, and collaboration among business, industry, and the education system. Many vocational educators now actively work with state and local development agencies, private sector employers, and other educational and community-based organizations to expand job opportunities within their communities. One very successful example of such action by vocational educators is in the community of Staples, Minnesota. The U.S. Department of Education also contributes to the link between vocational education and economic development by conducting studies promoting such linkages, and encouraging such things as entrepreneurship education. Also, through information networks, vocational educators can keep abreast of latest developments and increase their own productivity. Economic development is a priority in the reauthorization of the Vocational Education Act. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adults, Economic Development, Economic Factors, Education Work Relationship, Educational Legislation, Federal Government, Finance Reform, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Productivity, Relationship, School Business Relationship, Taxes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Vocational Education Amendments 1976