ERIC Number: ED398409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-19
Reference Count: N/A
Technical Education & Training in the 21st Century. ITE Paper No. 1.
Parks, Darrell L.
Tumultuous changes in the world's economic and social orders and technological advances are transforming the world from an industrial society to a knowledge society. The globalization of markets and rise of high-performance companies are altering the workplace dramatically and changing the roles and responsibilities of vocational-technical institutions and educators as they prepare the work force of the 21st century. Historically, emphasis has been directed toward identifying very small units of work (duties/tasks) and then equipping workers with the essential hand skills to perform those duties/tasks repetitively. In the future, however, work will be organized into larger units of production, and workers will be expected to assume greater decision-making responsibilities in planning and performing the work to be done. Skills standards will become increasingly important as a tool for improving work force education. Ohio's vocational education community illustrates the increased emphasis on standards, quality, and lifelong learning necessary to prepare and sustain the work force of the 21st century. Among the essential characteristics of 21st century vocational-technical education and training are the following: career clusters accommodating a wider range of occupations; clearly articulated performance standards that are set by business, industry, and organized labor; varied, embedded, and authentic assessment strategies; problem-centered curriculum; and a worksite learning component. (Contains 11 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Change Strategies, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Futures (of Society), Industrialization, Labor Force Development, Occupational Clusters, Role of Education, Social Change, Technical Education, Technological Advancement, Work Environment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio