ERIC Number: ED407575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Adding International Perspectives to Vocational Education. ERIC Digest No. 183.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Future workers will need to develop global awareness and an understanding of competitive, cultural, and economic factors that influence ways of doing business to work in the international arena. Vocational education, the educational program area specifically designed to prepare students for work, must infuse international concepts into programs so the youth of today are prepared for the global workplace. Ostheimer (1995) offers five suggestions. First, with the growth of multinational corporations and increased trade among nations, workers need to be aware of global conditions, development, and trends. Second, vocational educators must internationalize the curriculum. Third, vocational education needs to adopt instructional practices that incorporate international dimensions. For example, communication curricula could be upgraded to take students beyond awareness of other cultures to competence in intercultural communication. Fourth, increased corporate input is necessary for international business program development. The first-hand knowledge and experiences of corporate representatives working in firms that conduct international business offer a current and practical basis for upgrading curricula. Fifth, faculty development is crucial to the implementation of programs that have an international component. (Contains 15 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Business Education, Corporate Support, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Faculty Development, Global Approach, Global Education, International Cooperation, International Relations, International Trade, Multicultural Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, World Affairs
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.