ERIC Number: ED230817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: N/A
Application of Lateral Brain Research to the Employability Quotient of Core Black Youth: Implications for Occupational Futuring.
Toldson, Ivory L.
Lateral brain research can be used to develop an understanding and appreciation of the vocational and occupational significance of black expressive behavior manifested in some blacks. Historically, employers have placed primary emphasis on cognitive abilities--functions of the left side of the brain. Research has shown, however, that the right side of the brain has the ability to acquire concepts and skills necessary for job task effectiveness. Job requirements and management styles are often prohibitive to the maintenance of good mental health in view of their stress-inducing characteristics and are unduly restrictive to black expressive behavior in the marketplace. This expressive behavior is composed of five aspects: depth of feeling, naturalistic attitudes, stylistic renderings, poetic and prosaic language and speech, and expressive movement. Instead of trying to extinguish the expressions of core black people, educators and employers should assist them to become functionally bicultural. To decrease black unemployment, educators and job trainers need to utilize the communicative modalities of the right side of the brain in concert with those of the left to make their methods of instruction consistent with the learning style of many blacks. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.