ERIC Number: ED266322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education-Defense Establishment Collaboration: State-of-the-Practice Report.
Chalupsky, Albert B.; Peirano-Dalldorf, Marie R.
This report presents a review of the historical background, progress, and problems associated with the development of collaborative efforts between vocational education and various sectors of the defense establishment. Through extensive document review, supplemented by telephone and on-site discussions with educators and employers, the benefits that accrue to both groups have been documented. The following patterns of collaboration are identified, along with examples from on-going programs: employer representatives as school advisors, job training programs for employers, employer representatives as trainers, loans or gifts of equipment to schools, brokering of educational services, small business linkages, and training material repositories. The report outlines preliminary standards of program success, proposes factors contributing to successful linkages, and presents possible barriers to cooperation. Among the factors that appear to be instrumental in the success of vocational education-defense establishment collaborative efforts are the following: (1) recognition that providing training services to employers is serving students; (2) recognition on the part of state government that vocational education has a role to play in economic development, which can contribute to defense preparedness; (3) emphasis on determining the common needs of business and vocational education; (4) openness of communication; (5) realistic commitments by vocational education to employers; (6) a current marketing plan; (7) staff members actually engaged in promotion and sales; and (8) recognition of the differences between the business environment and education. (KC)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Responsibility, Institutional Cooperation, Military Organizations, National Defense, Postsecondary Education, Relevance (Education), Role of Education, School Business Relationship, School Role, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.