ERIC Number: ED324417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
The Quest for a Vision. A Roundtable Focused on "Collaboration, Not Competition" Convened by the Michigan Association for Career Education, April 1987-May 1989.
Michigan Association for Career Education.
Through a series of workshops and meetings held in Michigan during the 2 years from April 1987 to May 1989, leaders from the fields of education, government, and business developed a consensus around a "Quest for a Vision"--a scenario focused on winning in which education has been completely integrated into all aspects of society's behavior and is accepted as a lifelong process. The work was done with reference to two models--an expectation model and a behaviorist model. In the expectation model, which was used to organize thinking about getting ready for the future, the critical ingredients for success included opportunity, preparation, and expectation. The behaviorist model stems from behaviorism but with significant differences. It proposes the idea of a self-perpetuating cycle consisting of an information base, leading to assumptions, leading to behavior, leading to results/experience, and finally to refinement of the information base. To identify the information and assumptions which must be created to produce a new behavior, desired behaviors are categorized as behaviors that: (1) describe a society in which all segments and stakeholders are effectively integrated; (2) characterize a society in which there is acceptance and support for multiple roles; (3) recognize and support the concept of education as a lifelong process; and (4) are a consequence of an effective system of testing and rewards driving the educational process. Action plans stemming from these models include effective publicizing and promoting of the vision, identification of a champion who would commit to preparing action plans to bring about the desired behavior, and creation of a body committed to providing coordination. The next step in the process involves taking the plan from the conceptual stages to action to improve behavior. (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Association for Career Education.