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ERIC Number: ED301692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
What Should We Do about the Decline in Vocational Enrollment?
Lonza, Martin
Vocational enrollment is declining because of an increase in academic requirements. Because job skills are changing so rapidly, employers are increasingly choosing to provide their own vocational training to students who have mastered standard academic requirements. However, the lack of hands-on methodology in academic curricula and the lack of real-world field-specific applied experience on the part of academic faculty have resulted in a lack of relevant applications in contemporary academic curricula. School administrators can take advantage of these converging trends by using vocational faculty within the academic curriculum. Instructors from the areas of agriculture, business, home economics, and industrial arts could be used to teach students needed practical skills. This would give all students (not just those who are perceived as unfit for college preparatory courses) an opportunity to acquire much-needed daily living skills in the areas of home maintenance, meal preparation and clothing upkeep, auto maintenance, and personal finance. The course would be structured so that a group of teachers would rotate a group of classes between them, with students changing teachers every quarter of the school year. Requiring such a course instead of an elective would serve as a useful step in integrating vocational and academic curricula, while at the same time using the skills of vocational teachers whose class enrollments have been declining. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A