ERIC Number: ED290044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec-7
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Impact on Technology. Evolving Directions on the International Scene.
Ryan, Ray D.
Not only are economic, political, social, and technological changes occurring constantly throughout the world, but the rate at which they are occurring is increasing rapidly. The ever-increasing pace of technological change is especially evident in transportation and computer technology, both of which have brought the different ends of the earth closer together than ever before. The time has come to resist political pressures to raise and lower curriculum standards and to realize that the developed nations of the world (the United States and Western Europe) share common interests with the developing nations of Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Education's "return to basics" must not be at the expense of the job training that is needed to meet changing business needs. Vocational and technical education teachers must endeavor to create a new kind of worker--the "knowledge worker." Knowledge workers are workers who, because of their increased problem-solving skills, adapt easily to group settings, are more innovative than other workers, possess a high level of self-motivation and self-esteem, and exercise some choice over their work methods and work environments. Although knowledge workers do not require specific degrees with a specific number of units in a content area, they must know how to think, evaluate, cooperate, change, and deal with changes. Today's teacher-centered classrooms must give way to student-centered laboratories that will focus on leadership, multi-job, participatory, job-specific, and company-specific skills. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Las Vegas, NV, December 6-10, 1987).