ERIC Number: ED250497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Principles and a Philosophy for Vocational Education. Special Publication Series No. 48.
Miller, Melvin D.
This book is directed toward inferring a philosophy for vocational education. The issues and concerns that surrounded the early development and expansion of vocational education are first discussed. The preferred practices--the principles--are then developed in three categories. "Principles and People" includes the topics of guidance, lifelong learning, needs, open to all, placement, sex bias/stereotyping, special needs, student organizations, teachers, and work ethic. "Principles and Programs" presents these principles: career education, comprehensive education, curriculum, families of occupations, innovation, job entry, safety, and supervised occupational experience. "Principles and Processes" includes the topics of advice seeking, articulation and coordination, evaluation, followup, legislation, planning, and research. Basic philosophic concepts in education are reviewed and summarized--the essentialist, the pragmatist, and the existentialist viewpoints. Each philosophy provides a generalized response to four fundamental questions regarding the nature of the learner, teacher's role, curriculum, and role of schooling. The same questions are used to derive a philosophic position for vocational education. The principles of vocational education are used to provide a response to these issues, and the responses are compared. A philosophic position derived through inductive processes results. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Career Education, Curriculum, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Principles, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. SN48--$17.00).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater.; Oklahoma State Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education, Stillwater.; Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.