ERIC Number: ED399350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Education for a Working America. A Vision of Vocational Technical Education.
National Association of State Directors of Vocational Technical Education Consortium.
This document presents the views of the National Association of State Directors of Vocational Technical Education regarding the challenge, mission, vision, underlying principles, practice, needs, and benefits/potential outcomes of vocational-technical education (VTE). The following topics are discussed: the challenge of making VTE the cornerstone of reconstructing the "American dream"; VTE's importance as a work force development system and provider of occupational education; the vision of VTE as a provider of education where teaching methods matched to learning styles are used to make all citizens employable at age 18; VTE's role in creating substantial economic opportunities for all students, training/maintaining the work force, providing customized training for large and small employers, establishing and promoting a school-to-work transition system, preventing failure, and encouraging employer participation in education; the importance of building on existing VTE systems to facilitate students' transition into the workplace; VTE's accomplishments in areas such as using the applied learning method, integrating vocational and academic education, identifying skills needed in the workplace, piloting performance standards and tech prep programs, pioneering performance-based assessment systems, and reaching out to special needs groups; and the financial, legislative, and other support needed by VTE to train a globally superior work force. (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Secondary Education, State Officials, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Vocational Technical Education Consortium.