ERIC Number: ED254655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Excellence in Secondary Vocational Education: Providing Job Training. Information Series No. 296.
Stevens, David W.
This publication discusses and analyzes issues related to job training in the high school. Section 1 describes the nature of the job training problem by presenting views of constituencies affected by high school programs. The interests of these groups are examined: students, instructional staff members, school administrators, parents, employers, and elected officials. Section 2 provides information on forces affecting criteria for evaluating policy options. These forces are summarized as four views of job training: human capital, signaling, training opportunity, and core and periphery. Section 3 discusses these criteria for assessing policy options: action oriented, equity effect, and efficiency effect. Section 4 presents three policy options for reforming job training in the high school--eliminate job training from the high schools, reorganize high school job training to provide only general prerequisite skills to master any specific occupational area (diminish distinctions between academic and vocational curricula), and reorganize job training in the high school to enhance occupationally specific instruction (sharpen the distinctions between academic and vocational curricula). Discussion then focuses on student access reforms. Section 5 states recommendations intended to aid policymakers in their pursuit of effective and equitable job training programs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Criteria, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Federal Government, High Schools, Job Training, Policy Formation, School Districts, State Government, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, Box F, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (IN296--$4.75).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.