ERIC Number: ED349437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Workforce Preparation: Lessons from the Career Education Movement.
NAIEC Newsletter, v28 n4 Aug-Sep 1992
Recent educational reform efforts in the United States have ignored a system-wide articulated plan for preparing students for work, a plan developed and implemented in the 1970s and known as career education. Career education is a broad educational process in which students at all levels receive relevant information and gain experiences designed to prepare them for productive work. Under the leadership of Kenneth B. Hoyt, director of the Office of Career Education in the U.S. Office of Education, career education became the core of school improvement, to be infused into all subject areas at all grades. Career education had the following goals: (1) involve all students regardless of their school plans; (2) involve the entire school program and the resources of the community; (3) unite the students, parents, school, employers, and the community in a long-term cooperative education venture; (4) provide students with information and experiences representing the entire world of work; and (5) support the students with age-level appropriate experiences. The career education movement was in high gear with the passage of the Career Education Incentive Act in 1977, but 4 years later the Office of Career Education in the U.S. Department of Education was discontinued. Evaluative studies of career education reported positive results, indicating that if the movement had continued, the work force today might be better prepared. Trends in the 1990s indicate that infused career education may again become popular, and this movement should be encouraged. (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for Industry - Education Cooperation, Buffalo, NY.