ERIC Number: ED265365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Dec-7
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Human Capital Formation in the Post Industrial Society.
Collins, Paul D.
Entropy is defined as that condition in which the lack of order, information, and energy prevent useful work. What does vocational education contribute to the order, information flow, and useful work in industry and society? Is vocational education the appropriate method for extracting meaning, providing new information, new order, and new life in a society that may be sliding into catastrophic, irreversible entropy? Often, vocational education offers not a general preparation for life but narrow skill training for occupations that are soon obsolete. This training often excludes what it is convenient not to know, is controlled by conventional thinking that is hostile towards the new, and is a captive of established structures whose goal is simplification and convenience. New approaches to vocational education are necessary for survival. Vocational educators must generalize skills, develop a common set of attitudes, foster common expectations, and teach curriculum commonalities. These needs are all connected by complexity, organization, separability, continuity, sequentiality, interdependence, and self-regulation. These factors are all connected, and should be taught that way. (KC)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Responsibility, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, Relevance (Education), Role of Education, School Role, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Social Responsibility, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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