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ERIC Number: ED294036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 12
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Student Perceptions of Vocational Education.
Chambliss, Catherine A.; Chiariello, Pat
The literature on vocational education indicates a number of factors that have shaped the need for a change in the vocational education system. These factors include Japanese industrial pressure and philosophy, technological advancements, a shortage of skilled workers, and a mismatch between available jobs and trained workers. Suggestions to improve the vocational education curricula are customized training and generalized training. Two sample curriculum designs have been developed that employ the present trends of generalized training in vocational education--Core Curriculum and Principles of Technology. Improved vocational education strategies could play a key role in improving economic and industrial problems in the United States for several reasons: (1) such programmatic changes could provide better preparation for manual and skilled labor; (2) vocational education has a direct effect on the labor force and economy; and (3) jobs requiring vocational training top the list of occupations with pressing placement demands. A recent study has measured students' opinions of their current vocational/technical education and determined their beliefs about the importance of current trends in vocational education. Findings indicate that students perceive a need for considerable change. On items pertaining to trends, there is strong support for more interdisciplinary and communication skills training. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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