ERIC Number: ED308359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul-10
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Competency-Based Vocational Education: What It Means to Industry in the 1990s.
Wilson, Patricia A.
The current crisis in education, coupled with the changing work force and changing business needs in the 1990s, poses a challenge for vocational education. Competency-based vocational education needs to evaluate its competencies to see if training graduates to meet them will serve the needs of the new work situation and keep the United States competitive. In particular, vocational education must prepare students for interpersonal business relationships--the single most predictive indicator of job success. Some of the changes that the 1990s will introduce into the workplace are the following: (1) development and acceptance of expert systems; (2) development of alternate delivery systems for a diverse work force; (3) creation of super teams to replace super stars; (4) adaptation to individual needs; and (5) use of the international language of business. The emphasis for the 1990s will be on designing integrated learning systems that are people, not data based. Vocational education programs can be renewed by choosing to adopt a new outlook, choosing an alternate path, seeking creative options, fostering innovation, and accepting change as the path to discovery and growth. (KC)
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employment Potential, Employment Projections, Entry Workers, Futures (of Society), Human Relations, Interpersonal Relationship, Job Skills, Labor Market, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Meeting of the National Network for Curriculum Coordination in Vocational and Technical Education (Kansas City, MO, July 10, 1989).