ERIC Number: ED252648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Focus on Excellence. Secondary Vocational Education.
Hanson, Jean T.
The limited data available on secondary vocational education indicates that secondary vocational education is important. The leadership of the country and of Minnesota have recognized this through legislative endeavor and expenditures for programs. Analyses of statistics show that at least 78 percent of high school students need quality education and training to prepare them to participate in the work force and that unskilled jobs are not available and will not be. Research says that secondary vocational education is effective, but this research lacks a consistent, measurable database. Current studies on education seem to emphasize three themes: (1) there is a link between education and national survival, (2) improvement in the basic instructional program is essential, and (3) time is an extremely important resource in achieving educational goals. Regarding the relationship among basic skills, advanced technology, and vocational education, vocational educators and most of the American public recognize that improved levels of basic skills are needed for students to meet the technological and employment needs of the future. The abundance of research and the conclusions of other surveys should provide a focus for a balanced educational program that strives toward excellence and includes both vocational and academic components. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Advisory Council for Vocational Education, St. Paul.; Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.