ERIC Number: ED211722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Future Role of Vocational Education.
Substantial changes in the structure of the United States economy in the next 10 to 20 years will affect the uses of vocational education. Growth of the civilian labor force will be slower, the share of government employment will decline, a higher proportion of the gross national product will originate in manufacturing, and the labor force will consist increasingly of better educated persons in their prime working age. To adapt to the new conditions of the labor market, most of vocational education's present institutions will remain in place, but their functions will change. The stress in career education is likely to shift from entry job orientation to career ladders. Training programs will be used to instill positive work attitudes. Broadening of employment opportunities to youth in secondary programs is likely. Most emphasis will probably be focused on service job training. Formal apprenticeship programs will not be expanded, although community- or school-sponsored programs may be established. Postsecondary vocational education may grow from (1) new federal programs to subsidize business, (2) requirement that businesses set aside funds to finance additional training of the labor force, and (3) an American economy rededicated to quality. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Educational Policy and Organization Program.
Authoring Institution: Froomkin (Joseph) Inc., Washington, DC.