ERIC Number: ED215157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Equity from a Vocational District Administrator's Perspective. Research and Development Series No. 214A.
Adams, Richard N.
Programs must be designed to remove barriers to equitable vocational education. Barriers to such programs are erosion of public and special interest group confidence in the educational system; lack of systematic student services; and lack of mutual awareness, communication, and cooperation between vocational and general educators. To remove barriers, adequate funds must be available to distribute by efficient methods. Local involvement and endorsement are also required. Vocational educators must work with parents and family members who influence career decisions to change attitudes toward vocational education. Career assessments are a practical strategy to recognize interests and aptitudes. Vocational education linkages with federal agencies could help coordinate efforts. Accessibility in rural areas could be increased by school districts' cooperation. Additional funds would ensure more programs, vocational counseling, and access to health and social services. Research and development strategies for elimination should focus on new program designs, competency-based modular instruction, basic skills development, and work experience. Successful removal of barriers to equity relies on focusing awareness on problems of inequity, providing corrective pre- and inservice personnel education, refining the curriculum, developing innovative teaching/learning materials and techniques, providing vocational guidance services, implementing career education, providing necessary facilities and equipment, and adequate funding. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Administrator Attitudes, Adult Vocational Education, Affirmative Action, Career Counseling, Career Education, Educational Discrimination, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Nondiscriminatory Education, Racial Discrimination, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Superintendents, Vocational Education
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, National Center Publications, Box F, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 (RD214A, $2.35; set of 17 papers, RD214, $30.00; Equity in Vocational Education, RD213, $5.50. Quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents see CE 031 915-932.