ERIC Number: ED215171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Equity from an Aging Specialist's Perspective. Research and Development Series No. 214O.
Sheppard, N. Alan
As the incidence of older persons in American society grows, their participation in training and employment programs (including vocational education) will be of special importance. Although the elderly population has become increasingly "older," this group is retiring earlier. There will be a decrease in active workers supporting retired citizens whose income continues to be decimated by inflation. In addition, social security financing problems loom ahead. With the gradual reduction of the educational disadvantage of the elderly, the question will be whether these workers would take advantage of increased work options. A need exists for affirmative action for the aged. Barriers to equitable job training and placement are previous work history, lack of credentials, lack of access to job information, inadequate health status, attitudes and values of union and management decision makers, transportation, stereotypes, self-discrimination, employer discrimination, and job performance (employer fear of decreased productivity). Strategies for barrier elimination include federal age discrimination legislation, federal support programs, advocacy groups, adjustments in personnel policy, and training of vocational educators and public to promote a better understanding of aging. (An action plan for vocational education and general recommendations are provided.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Affirmative Action, Age Discrimination, Aging Education, Aging (Individuals), Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Federal Legislation, Older Adults, Retirement, Vocational Education
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, National Center Publications, Box F, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 (RD214O, $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.
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