ERIC Number: ED427244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education: Options and Directions. Working Paper 18.
Stokes, Helen; Holdsworth, Roger
This paper presents practical options for school development in relation to vocational education ranging from small and specific steps to larger whole school change. Chapter 1 describes the context. Chapter 2 highlights three interlocked imperatives to attain this objective: a comprehensive and well-structured educational program that deals centrally with issues of work from years 7-12; creation of community partnerships that are responsible for development of students and the community; and a partnership model for decision making about vocational education. Chapter 3 addresses work requirements nationally and locally. Chapter 4 reports student responses to the following: aspirations, information sources, student outcomes and post-year 12 destinations, destinations prior to end of year 12, the nature and purpose of learning and school responses on the nature of current practice and work-based education. Chapter 5 addresses alienation of young people from schooling and program targeting. Chapter 6 identifies four focus areas for curriculum development in schools: organization of teachers' work, students' work, and content and decision making about content and process and about purpose. Chapter 7 describes models: vocational education and training in senior education; industry-initiated and -resourced programs; enterprise education; integrating vocational learning into 7-12 curriculum/structure; and partial or targeted programs for at-risk students. Chapter 8 offers an audit tool to start discussions on priorities for change. Appendixes include materials from some models and 31 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Development, Curriculum Development, Educational Development, Foreign Countries, Integrated Curriculum, Needs Assessment, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Youth Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia ($10 Australian).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Victoria Education Dept. (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Melbourne Univ., Parkville (Australia). Youth Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia