ERIC Number: ED241750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Excellence in Vocational Education: A Policy Perspective. Information Series No. 280.
Swanson, Gordon I.
Aimed at federal policymakers, this monograph presents a discussion of the role of excellence in vocational education and the role of the government in achieving it. The report is organized into five chapters. In the first chapter, the dimensions of excellence are examined with a focus on values, the atmosphere of crisis engendered in part by a multitide of reports critical of our educational system, and questions about who should receive the rewards of education. The second chapter provides background information about the forces at work in educational philosophy, such as the classical tradition, separations between education and training, and the American structure of long and short education with higher status attributed to longer education. Two sources of policy problems--multiple policies and uncertain purposes--are described in the third chapter. Finally, the last two chapters present some policy alternatives and recommendations. Policy alternatives include the choice between a strong or weak federal role, the definition of excellence, the form of the policy initiatives, and the alternatives for structural change. Policy recommendations include emphasis on a strong federal role, the development of policies to encourage excellence, abandoning compliance approaches, and increasing the educational opportunities of disadvantaged persons. (KC)
Descriptors: Definitions, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Government Role, High Achievement, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (IN280--$3.25).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents, see CE 038 535-538 and CE 038 557.