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ERIC Number: ED239671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
New Technology and the Human Response: The Issues Facing Vocational Education in the 1980's.
Parsons, Michael H.
Five issues facing vocational education are becoming sufficiently visible to suggest an agenda for community college action. First, the Job Training and Partnership Act, which seeks to address the continued dislocation of the American economy and to rectify problems of structural unemployment, will require greater cooperation and coordination among education, business, industry, labor, and government to meet local training needs. Second, since the time lag between technological innovation and commercial application of new techniques and processes is down to 2 or 3 years, new linkages with business, industry, and government must be established by community colleges to update equipment in vocational laboratories and shops. Third, vocational education must be able to provide remedial, entry-level, upgrading, and structural retraining opportunities simultaneously in light of the prospect of technological retraining facing all Americans during their work lives. Fourth, vocational faculty will need retraining to respond to changing technologies through periodic returns to business or industry. Finally, a technologically sophisticated economy will require employees with the basic skills necessary for mastering the new technologies. To respond to these challenges, community colleges must develop delivery systems founded on technological literacy and independent learning; a competent vocational faculty to prepare the social environment for technology transfer; and greater cooperation and coordination. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A