ERIC Number: ED346331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Developing the Work Ethic through Vocational/Technical Education.
How can vocational and technical education teach the work ethic to a new generation of workers? Interviews, a literature review, and a survey of three groups (vocational and college preparatory students, and entry-level workers) examined work attitudes. Research supported three conclusions: there is agreement on traditional work ethic attributes but today's workers have a smaller share of these attributes; the work ethic is acquired from infancy as a byproduct of one's home environment and the schools have done a poor job of teaching it; and vocational-technical education can teach the work ethic. The traditional definition of work goes beyond material output and reward. Today's employers are concerned with employability skills whereas employees focus on material values. The ethic is either in decline or in transition. Critics blame television viewing and low parent/student expectations for not learning the work ethic at home. Vocational education offers reasons to build pride through accomplishment: it endorses the creative urge, it offers real world experience, and it is a return to teaching values. Three recommendations can assist vocational educators in teaching the work ethic: higher expectations and greater realism, more use of physical facilities, and planning and public relations. (31 references) (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Council on Vocational Education, Westerville.