ERIC Number: ED310290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Economy: State Responses to Structural Change. A Working Conference (Racine, Wisconsin, March 25-26, 1988).
Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
This pamphlet describes a conference that brought together more than 40 leading practitioners and researchers from l4 states and the nation's capital to address the challenges posed by the fundamental changes affecting the nation's economy. Three sessions discussed critical policy questions confronting researchers and practitioners. The first examined the art and science of projecting the future of state economies. The nation's top economic forecasters agreed that the art of forecasting has severe limitations and explored implications for practice. Suggestions included using diverse sources for gathering data, targeting industry analyses, improving regional cooperation, and building institutional capacity. The second session explored implications for practice, such as training for the skills that industry needs, improving programs for dislocated workers, confronting discrimination, and forging a new social contract. The evolving mismatch between the skills of the work force and employment opportunities was discussed. The last session considered how education and training institutions should respond to this increasingly damaging disjunction and explored implications for practice, such as giving responsibility to teachers and principals, broadening experience outside of school, supporting structural change, and changing priorities. A list of names and affiliations of participants appear at the end of the pamphlet. (NLL)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.; Primerica Foundation, Greenwich, CT.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A