ERIC Number: ED369970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
A Challenge to Vocational Educators. Patrick J. O'Connor Distinguished Scholars. 1994 Papers.
Phillips, Maria; Burrell, Lewis
This document contains two papers dealing with challenges facing vocational educators. "Producing a Competent Workforce for the Year 2000: Industry Expectations of Education" (Lewis Burrell) draws the following conclusions: (1) employers and educators need to form a close coalition to plan, design, and execute a system of education and training that will meet the needs of the work force of the future; (2) education for the work force must be an ongoing process through either seminars or advanced systems of training; and (3) employers and educators must strive to demand experiences from their students and workers that will enable them to develop the qualities required to achieve anticipation, innovation, and excellence. "Quality Management: A Leadership Imperative for Vocational Education Administrators" (Maria Phillips) explores the role of total quality management in vocational education and discusses how, by changing attitudes, practicing teamwork, and improving quality, vocational administrators can develop a vocational education program based on the following four pillars of schools of quality: primary focus on suppliers and customers, dedication to continuous improvement, systems/process orientation, and strong and consistent total quality leadership from top management. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Omicron Tau Theta, Kent, OH. Tau Chapter.