ERIC Number: ED317679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Facilitating the Flow of Information between the Business and Education Communities. Background Paper No. 12.
Philippi, Jorie W.
The imminent shortage of qualified workers, resulting from demographic changes and technological upgrades, has caused educators and employers to recognize the need to improve and increase their communication in order to achieve their interrelated goals. From the late 1800s, business has exerted influence on the nation's public education system. Employers have had input into its structure, operations, and regulatory policies on local and national levels. An intensified era of business education activity beginning in the 1970s has come about as the result of changes in federal employment and training policy that gave employers a larger role in local program planning. The business community often provides educators with data on projected vacancies and facilitates academic achievement through participation in school-business collaboratives that focus on school-to-work transition assistance. Recently, workplace literacy programs have emerged. Various models of business-education collaboration exist, including examples from other countries. Improvements in these collaborative efforts would require educators to recast their role as receivers of services and resources from business to one of more active participation in translating workplace requirements into relevant curricula. Recommendations resulting from a literature and research review are that educators should be encouraged to initiate a more proactive role in meeting the needs of the business community, that Private Industry Councils be given a larger, regulatory role in facilitating partnerships and communication guidelines, and that more research be conducted to identify the appropriate facilitating role for the Federal Government. (41 references) (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Communication (Thought Transfer), Education Work Relationship, Educational Policy, Information Transfer, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC. Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In "Investing in People: A Strategy to Address America's Workforce Crisis" (CE 054 080).