ERIC Number: ED226152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Role and Responsibility of Vocational Education in Economic Development and Productivity. Position Statement of National Association of State Directors of Vocational Education. Productivity Primer. Book 2. Special Publication Series No. 35.
Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.; National Association of State Directors of Vocational Education.
Vocational education's mission in economic development calls for a more active and assertive posture at the national, state, and local levels. If vocational education programs are to meet the challenges posed by the increase of new technologies, vocational administrators must develop a system for updating vocational staff for hiring more instructors from business and industry, for channeling research and development funds to establish a data-based planning and management system to aid in improving training methods and developing systems, and for working together with business and industry to develop competency-based instructional materials. Among the national-level actions necessary to secure vocational education's role in the economic development scheme are the following: development of incentives for states to design training programs needed for reindustrialization, productivity improvement, and national defense concerns; provision of funds for modern facilities and technical equipment; and revision of the existing "apprenticeship training" definition to encourage use of competency-based training programs. Furthermore, state vocational education agencies should develop their comprehensive state plans to include, among other things, development of "fast response" delivery systems for new innovations in high technology areas and provision of outreach programs to locate unemployed, disadvantaged, and handicapped workers and to deliver counseling, training, and support services to them. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Labor Force Development, National Programs, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, School Districts, School Responsibility, School Role, Secondary Education, State Action, State Programs, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, Box F, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (General Introduction and Books 1-5--Order No. SN35, $25.00; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.; National Association of State Directors of Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents, see ED 206 808-809, ED 214 577, and CE 034 957-961. Originally developed by the National Vocational Education Professional Development Consortium.