ERIC Number: ED400460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
The New Vocationalism: A Potential Model.
Elliott, Donna; May, Susan A.
In light of the increasing emphasis on "vocationalism"--preparing students for work--in education and the media today, a model is proposed through which the major components of this "new vocationalism" could be operationalized. The model integrates academic and vocational education. It involves a total system change in education that describes the focus of learning in four different phases within a continuum: (1) K-9, exploratory based; (2) 10-12, experiential based; (3) postsecondary, employment driven; and (4) business and industry, needs driven. Encompassing kindergarten through postsecondary levels, this four-phase model allows students to experience both school-based and work-based activities. Several common threads run throughout the model, enhancing student learning and the ability to apply knowledge. These threads include the following: career counseling, core abilities, applied and integrated curriculum, seamless transition of learning, instructors as facilitators, and using technology. For this model to be viable, instructors at all grade levels would need to be flexible, competent, and adaptable to change. Close working relationships with business and industry are imperative to the success of the students. In order for all instructors to be credible and competent, they must continue to develop themselves professionally beyond what is required of state licensure or certification and instill this value of lifelong learning in their students. This proposed model is a "snapshot" of a possible future for vocational education. It is an approach that students, employers, and communities will need, and are requesting, in order to prepare for excellence in the work force. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Entry Workers, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Lifelong Learning, Models, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctor of Education Seminar Paper, Nova Southeastern University.