ERIC Number: ED216205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Emerging Skills: Implications for Voc Ed. Information Series No. 234.
Nelson, Orville; Halfin, Harold
During the next two decades, vocational education will face a major challenge to keep up to date with technology. National crises usually lead to new technologies. The United States today faces major problems in the areas of energy, productivity, and foreign trade. Solutions to these problems will generate new knowledge and technology that will change skill requirements for many jobs and create many more new ones. Methods that can be used to identify the emerging skills that will be needed include the following: use of advisory committees, creative insight, the DACUM process ("Developing a Curriculum"), the Delphi process, evaluation studies, industrial work experience, labor market surveys, conferences, and task analysis. In order for vocational education to keep pace with changes in technology, it must become more proactive and involved with the transfer of new technology from research and development laboratories to practical use in business and industry. Vocational education curriculum development processes must become more flexible and assist vocational educators in using a variety of data for making curriculum and instructional decisions. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, Research Utilization, Secondary Education, Skill Analysis, Skill Development, Skill Obsolescence, Technical Education, Transfer of Training, Vocational Education
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, National Center Publications, Box F, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 (IN 234, $4.25; 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.