ERIC Number: ED245061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Anticipating Future Influences on Vocational Education.
Lewis, Morgan V.; And Others
In a study conducted to identify the major forces that appear likely to influence vocational education in the next three to five years, a general model or conceptual framework was developed and modified by suggestions from a panel of experts. The following were identified as major influences: (1) a gradual decrease in the number of secondary students, with proportionately more minority and disadvantaged students at all levels and many more adult students with widely varying characteristics at the postsecondary level; (2) rapid technological change making it impossible to keep curricula and equipment up to date; (3) decreased time for vocational education at the secondary level because of stiffer academic requirements; and (4) continuing emphasis from the Federal level on facilitating access to education. The interaction of these and other broad influences indicates that secondary vocational education will have to include more communication and other basic skills; its teachers will have to change to meet the needs of a computer-oriented society; and postsecondary vocational education will be called upon to provide more occupational skills, especially to the disadvantaged, dislocated workers, displaced homemakers, and other adults. Other changes foreseen include greater links between vocational education and employers and an emphasis on providing new skills within existing programs rather than creating entirely new programs. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.