ERIC Number: ED338918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Community-Based Strategies for Work-Related Education. NCEE Brief Number 10.
An examination of work-related education in the Pittsburgh area revealed some weaknesses of the educational system and suggested some strategies for improvement. The study found that work-related education is performed by a combination of institutions: formal secondary and postsecondary and informal postsecondary. It said that schools have evolved into very complex institutions, simultaneously serving many interests and purposes. As a result, schools must spend time negotiating politically rather than formulating and implementing strategic plans that emphasize one goal over another or that focus resources. Analysis of the work-related education system as a whole shows a lack of a unity of purpose and cooperation among various jurisdictions and entities. Community-based planning for improvements in the work-related educational system requires regional leadership, performance indicators, testing and counseling, and collaborative program development. A formal cooperation system was not advocated. Rather, activities could improve the system by shaping perceived goals and objectives; facilitating needed changes; advocating changes in laws, regulations, and procedures that create dysfunctional incentives; and improving the quality of information available to students, employers, and providers of education and training. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Education and the Economy, Rochester, NY.
Note: For a related document, see ED 320 035.