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ERIC Number: ED263363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Dec-9
Pages: 13
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Vocational Education in the 1990's--More or Less?
Weir, Douglas
A more traditional use of "vocational" shows the harmony between vocational and liberal education. The difference is in content and vehicles for learning. Using the same processes and goals in vocational education as in the rest of liberal education helps to ensure that vocational students are capable of adapting to the significant changes in life-style and work patterns embedded in the concept "post-industrial society." Vocational education can take advantage of young people's interest in vocational subjects as a means of motivating them to learn useful life skills. Resistance to change can be countered by showing how the changes are required for economic and social health and are in a practical, not an academic, direction which will be an advantage to students. In Scotland, as well as the rest of Great Britain, a radical change in the curriculum aims at common learning processes for all students. Attempts are made to avoid unnecessary and arbitrary distinctions between academic and vocational aspects. The net result of recommended changes will be to abolish the distinctions between vocational education and other forms of education by bringing the best features of current vocational education into every part of education, while putting no student at a disadvantage. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain); United Kingdom (Scotland)