ERIC Number: ED233166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Discussion Platform for the Futuring of Vocational Education.
Ruff, Richard D.
When formulating the platforms and plans for the future of vocational education, educational planners must consider the implications of the significant qualitative, social, and economic changes that are currently taking place in the worlds of business, industry, and labor as well as in the world of education at-large. An examination of current trends in the areas of high technology, labor force demographics, and organizational culture indicates that business and individual clients of vocational education will increasingly demand not only technical skills but also the work adjustment and interpersonal skills necessary to function in this new environment. Various factors, including the recent information explosion, demographic changes, and the rise of computer and related product technology have increased the need for life-long learning, for the acquisition of study and learning skills, and for improving students' occupational scientific literacy. Because of these societal trends, vocational education must institute approaches for integrating the delivery of occupation training and the knowledge and skills that make up what some have called the new basics--communication, information processing, science and mathematics, and computer literacy. In addition, vocational education faces significant challenges in the areas of diversity, issue management, and revitalization. (MN)
Descriptors: Accountability, Demography, Economic Change, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Trends, Employment Patterns, Employment Projections, Futures (of Society), Industry, Labor Force, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, School Role, Secondary Education, Social Change, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Washington, DC.