ERIC Number: ED234145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-18
Reference Count: N/A
The Decision Sciences in Vocational Education Leadership Development Programs. Project Monograph.
McNamara, James F.
This essay explores how the application of the decision sciences in the interdisciplinary training, research, and development activities of model graduate professional schools of management, urban and public affairs, business, government, and regional planning might be linked to current efforts to improve leadership development and training programs in vocational education. Three major topics are treated by addressing three corresponding sets of questions. The first set of questions provides a framework for describing the mathematical and decision sciences, their contemporary influences in graduate professional education, and the issue of whether a common core of mathematical science skills exists that all practitioners should possess. The second group of questions offers a guide for examining the influences of the decision sciences in graduate professional schools traditionally associated with the managerial and social sciences. Discussion focuses on how various professions and specific institutions are approaching the development of mathematical methods and techniques as practical tools for use in everyday situations. The final group of questions explores opportunities to link the decision sciences with leadership development and training efforts in vocational education. Seven appendixes and four inserts, amounting to over one-half of the essay, are papers, articles, or supplemental material on the topic. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.