ERIC Number: ED432658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Improving Systems Providing Education and Training throughout Life. Flexible Access to Technical and Vocational Education throughout Life.
Bartram, John D.
A large majority of the world's people are denied access to learning. The link between technical and vocational education (TVE) and individual and workplace economic productivity is well documented. Many countries are experiencing combinations of increasing populations of young people and high unemployment rates. Existing traditions of training and available human and financial resources provide little hope of providing access to TVE to the large numbers of people who need it worldwide. Change is essential to meeting the demands of enterprises that require a skilled workforce and people in need of TVE so that they can become economically productive. Challenges facing those seeking to improve access to TVE include the following: (1) development of alternative methodologies (combining the best of distance education with the best of TVE, developing learning materials appropriate to students' gender and level of schooling, resolving issues related to intellectual property rights and copyrights, and using appropriate technology); (2) quality assurance (improving the credibility of TVE awards and of assessments of practical skills and making qualifications flexible and mobile); (3) development of appropriate policy and strategy; (4) reorienting educational institutions, teachers, and teacher unions; and (5) developing partnerships between and among trainers and enterprises, credential-granting agencies, the labor movement, and other trainers across the globe. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Developing Nations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Partnerships in Education, Systems Approach, Unions, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: India; North America