ERIC Number: ED336556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Further Education and Training of the Labour Force. Country Report: United States.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
A heuristic revolution, a new wave of learning technology, is about to transform not only the nature of education and training but the entire U.S. economy. By the end of the century, "knowledge jobs" will be the main employment of nearly three out of four workers in the U.S. economy. Swiftly progressing technologies are making automated instructional systems ever more effective. The learning enterprise has become the pivotal business in a new age when intellectual capital and human capital have become the cornerstones of prosperity. Knowledge work is rapidly becoming the major form of employment. As human capital becomes the key requirement of economic development, the U.S. human capital infrastructure is being exposed as seriously inadequate. Key actors in forming and directing the U.S. learning enterprise are the federal and state governments, formal education, employers, commercial sector, and "hidden matter" (cable television, periodicals, and instruction manuals). The persistence of the outmoded paradigm within which the learning enterprise traditionally has been envisioned is spawning growing gaps in the creation and adoption of potent new heuristic technology, measures of the learning enterprise's true performance, and public and private policies. How beneficial the revolution will be and who will benefit depend on choices and commitments being made today by the leaders and people of the United States. (67 references, 82 notes) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Vocational Education, Continuing Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal State Relationship, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Government School Relationship, Industrial Training, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Lifelong Learning, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, State Government, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: United States