ERIC Number: ED367432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Vocational and General Education: New Relationship or Shotgun Marriage?
Leadership Abstracts, v6 n9 Sep 1993
Trends in the workplace and legislative mandates have forced community colleges to consider how to integrate general education with vocational training successfully. The technological base of American industry has changed dramatically in the direction of greater complexity and interdependence, requiring workers to possess not only higher levels of basic skills but also new skills in critical thinking, problem solving, initiative, and collaboration. The following principles can guide the integration of general education and vocational training: (1) the critical thinking skills that come from the general education curriculum are central to the successful implementation of new technologies and the understanding of how technologies fit into production strategies; (2) instruction in basic skills is necessary if workers are to compute, deduce, and communicate answers to on-the-job problems; (3) the ability to learn, grow, change, and transfer skills is increasingly required in the workplace; (4) workers must be able to integrate basic skills with the shifts in workplace and market demands; (5) community college vocational faculty need to relearn and update their own knowledge and skills; and (6) workers need to expand their skills to include information gathering, analytical and critical thinking, and decision making. The result of integrating general and vocational education will be workers with higher skills, paid higher wages, and able to compete in the global economy. Community colleges are challenged to redesign their vocational programs, drawing upon their expertise in general education, to respond to the changing workplace needs. (ECC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.