ERIC Number: ED208245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education as a Participant in the Economic Development Enterprise: Policy Options for the Decade Ahead.
Lecht, Leonard A.
In the coming decade, three major developments will become important factors for change in vocational education. These are changes in the demographic profile and retirement practices, regional shifts in economic activity and in employment, and renewal of the industrial sector as a key ingredient in economic growth. Because of inflation, greater life expectancies, and changes in public policy and social attitudes, older persons will remain in the work force longer and will thereby become considerably more important in the market for vocational programs, provided that their needs and the need for sustaining enrollments in vocational education receive priority in the coming decades. Regional shifts in employment and economic activity have created the need for increased supplies of trained personnel in rapid growth areas. Recent inflation, high unemployment, and slow productivity growth rates will increase opportunities in technical and service fields and reduce opportunities for semiskilled factory operatives. If vocational education is to respond adequately to this major restructuring of the industrial economy, it must become aware of the economic changes at hand. (MN)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Demography, Economic Change, Economic Development, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Employment Patterns, Futures (of Society), Industrialization, Long Range Planning, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Retirement, School Role, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 ($2.20).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; 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 National Center for Research in Vocational Education Staff Development Seminar (Columbus, OH, l98l).