ERIC Number: ED215172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Equity from a Large City Director's Perspective. Research and Development Series No. 214P.
Equity in vocational education cannot be addressed until the question of urban cultural pluralism has been fully analyzed. This question involves problems of minorities, the disadvantaged, and those with limited English proficiency. Barriers facing urban youths enrolling in vocational education include close-knit ethnic pockets attempting to adhere to their own culture, dropping out before exposure to vocational education, and labor market changes (automation, immigrant workers, later retirement, large rural industrial parks, and increased numbers of working women). Strategies to eliminate barriers include caring teachers, administration and school board willingness to fund alternative methods and situations for problem students, remedial programs, and early instruction in employment and coping skills. Seven detailed solutions are teaching basic skills with meaning for the world of work, teaching employment skills, teaching job seeking skills, placing students in part-time civil service jobs, appointing state equity coordinators, restructuring jobs, and cultivating collaboration of social and community agencies with vocational educators. Areas for further research and policy consideration are federal government role, vocational education evaluation criteria for job placement, and delivery systems corresponding to needs of subcultures. (YLB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Cultural Pluralism, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Employment Potential, Equal Education, Job Skills, Minority Groups, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Urban Areas, Urban Education, Urban Youth, Vocational Education, Work Experience
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, National Center Publications, Box F, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 (RD214P, $2.35; set of 17 papers, RD214, $30.00; Equity in Vocational Education, RD 213, $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.