ERIC Number: ED329650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Vocational Preparation and General Education.
Beck, Robert H.
The premise of this paper is that vocational and nonvocational education can be reconstructed in a way that uses both in fashioning a new set of courses. This new curriculum should be able to bridge the differences perceived in the relations between academic and vocational cultures. The paper focuses most on educational history, from Aristotle and Plato to modern revisionists and neo-Marxists. From that history, which shows increasing disdain for "manual" arts in secondary schools and increasing requirements for "academic" subjects, a more classic definition of "education" that can take in all these views is derived. A case is made for a fused curriculum and educational collaboration that results in a new kind of "general" education needed by students in all fields. One hundred forty references are listed. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Educational Planning, General Education, Institutional Cooperation, Integrated Curriculum, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education
National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Materials Distribution Service, Horrabin Hall 46, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455 (order no. MDS-198: $6.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: For related documents, see ED 324 498 and CE 057 216.