ERIC Number: ED296087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Working with Business and Industry: Curriculum Implications.
Belcher, Clifton B.
Primarily, vocational educators should work with business and industry to ensure that the vocational curriculum taught to youth and adults is relevant to consumer, life, and job skills. Trends that have curriculum implications for vocational education are fewer workers, growth in the service sector, constantly changing job skills, a majority of new workers from disadvantaged groups, and increased graduation requirements. Curriculum content and materials must be developed with these trends in mind, and the business and industry community that will hire the potential workers should provide assistance. Concerns regarding the use of business and industry representatives in curriculum development include educators' fear of involving business, industry, and military representatives; reluctance of business and industry to participate; and time consciousness. If business, industry, and military leaders are convinced that their efforts will make a difference in the educational process, they will contribute their time, expertise, and resources. Benefits from involving business and industry are active and effective advisory councils, realistic curriculum content and materials, students trained to do jobs that are needed, effective cooperative education programs, and identification of business and industry training needs. These needs include vocational students with basic skills and customized training. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Basic Skills, Business Responsibility, Corporate Support, Curriculum Development, Employment Projections, Futures (of Society), Industry, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Concurrent Meeting of the National Network for Curriculum Coordination in Vocational and Technical Education (Portland, OR, July 10-13, 1988).