ERIC Number: ED367839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing for the Workplace. Charting a Course for Federal Postsecondary Training Policy.
Hansen, Janet S., Ed.
This book reports on a project that addressed the question of what the federal government's role in postsecondary education ought to be. An executive summary concludes that federal policy should have three major objectives: fostering high-quality training, improving existing federal programs, and encouraging systemic reform. Chapter 1 is an introduction. Chapter 2 describes how postsecondary training is provided in the United States and the kinds of postsecondary training current federal programs were designed to support. Chapter 3 examines how well postsecondary training is being carried out and presents evidence that this system does not operate well. Chapter 4 describes several key features of training in four other countries: Australia, Britain, Germany, and Japan. Chapter 5 presents the general conclusions about whether a change in the federal approach to postsecondary training is needed. It discusses these issues: (1) if change is needed, what kinds of activities are most appropriately taken at the federal level; and (2) how can the federal government most effectively exercise its influence, given the limits on national policy in a system largely determined by state and local officials and private firms. Chapters 6-8 presents specific views on desirable changes in federal policies and programs--fostering high quality training, improving federal programs, and becoming an agent of change. Appendixes contain 221 references and an index. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Change Agents, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Vocational Education
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418 ($34.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.
Note: Prepared by the Committee on Postsecondary Education and Training for the Workplace.