ERIC Number: ED244106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Bandwagon Once More: Vocational Preparation for High-Tech Occupations.
Grubb, W. Norton
As postsecondary vocational education turns increasingly to preparation for high technological occupations, the question arises as to whether or not this infatuation with education for high technological occupations is reasonable and justified. Data on technician-level employment seem to contradict the view that high technological manufacturing is bi-modal, with no real middle-level positions. Therefore, some real future exists for high technology vocational education. However, the numbers of these jobs that will be created is, and will continue to be, a small proportion of overall job growth. While high technology programs in community colleges have high growth rates, the numbers involved are still relatively small compared to the larger number of students in more conventional programs. If enrollments in high technology are higher than the growth rates of openings, the programs may be "training for unemployment." The current developments in vocational education for high technological occupations are remarkably consistent with the history of vocational education. Similarities include the tendency to over-promise, i.e., to claim that educational reform can solve every social and economic problem, the problems of keeping up with changing production methods and techniques and specific versus general training, and the egalitarian claims of community colleges. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).