ERIC Number: ED354387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Enhancing Diversity in Vocational Education. Information Series No. 351.
Bowen, Blannie E.; Jackson, Gary B.
Vocational education can play a significant role in achieving the ideals of a diverse society. Although workplace changes and global economics make vocational education essential, an increasingly diverse population includes groups that have not traditionally participated extensively in vocational education. Philosophical and attitudinal changes that recognize the merits of a diverse society must precede the design of contemporary instructional programs that take an inclusive approach to recruiting and retaining in vocational education minorities, women, immigrants, disadvantaged persons, and students with special needs. The quest for diversity begins with a focus upon vocational teacher preparation, including awareness of attitudes toward persons from different backgrounds and preservice and inservice training in a multicultural approach to education. Techniques for accommodating learning styles and cultural differences are important tools for the diverse classroom. Recruitment and retention of diverse students into vocational teaching must also be emphasized. Program planners must become informed about diverse communities and involve their members in the planning process. Unlike the melting pot mentality of the past, a fruit salad approach to enhancing cultural, racial, ethnic, and gender differences will enable the nation to take advantage of the richness diversity promises. Visionary leadership will be essential as vocational educators act upon a commitment to diversity and play a significant role in enhancing and promoting it. (Contains 105 references.) (SK)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Student), Educational Philosophy, Ethnic Groups, Intercultural Communication, Minority Groups, Population Trends, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Student Recruitment, Teacher Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Center on Education and Training for Employment, Center Publications, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (order no. IN 351: $6 plus $3.50 postage and handling; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.