ERIC Number: ED216165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education for Migrant Youth. Information Series No. 238.
Picou, J. Steven
This paper is intended to assist vocational educators in meeting the career development needs and aspirations of migrant youth. It examines the unique characteristics of migrant youth and develops a general life-cycle model of their vocational development. This comparative analysis provides the vocational educator with a basis for identifying programmatic efforts to enhance the career achievements of this special population. The paper addresses crucial issues that must be resolved through basic and applied research before migrant youth can effectively enter a broader labor market. These issues include the handicapping effects of poverty, geographic mobility, ethnicity, and language barriers as they have an impact upon the vocational development of migrant youth. Other concerns considered are the educational, psychological, and physical problems unique to migrant youth and their forced entry into agricultural labor. Recommendations are made for breaking the cycle of limited vocational alternatives for migrant youth. For example, it is suggested that vocational education programs be designed as a response to the total context of the life style of migrant youth in order to develop adequate vocational skills. Modifying vocational education programs to meet these needs includes providing strong programs to develop communication skills, to master basic skills, to enhance positive self-concepts, and to provide a futures orientation. Suggestions for further research also are given. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Development, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Employment Potential, Job Skills, Migrant Adult Education, Migrant Education, Migrant Employment, Migrant Problems, Migrant Programs, Migrant Youth, Models, Occupational Aspiration, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Research Needs, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, National Center Publications, Box F, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 (IN 238, $3.75; quantity discounts available--write for information).
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.