ERIC Number: ED448289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Career Pathways. Trends and Issues Alert No. 20.
Wonacott, Michael E.
New ways of work and new workers and workplaces need education and training systems and occupational classification systems based on the skills that different occupations share rather than on the industry sectors to which they belong. This new approach to providing occupational information (career majors or clusters or pathways) corresponds to requirements of the School-to-Work Opportunities Act and has been promoted for a long time as an approach to integration of academic and vocational content to prepare students for the workplace. Issues involved in career pathways include inconsistency in the clustering of occupations (both in career pathways and in occupational information systems), resistance to career pathways, and implementation problems. But there are success stories about overcoming barriers and concerns, and the Office of Adult and Vocational Education in the U.S. Department of Education has introduced 16 new career clusters and begun setting up partnerships to establish curriculum frameworks and standards for each cluster. The potential effectiveness of career pathways has been enhanced by the U.S. Department of Labor's new public online, skill-driven occupational information system O*NET, which replaces the task-driven "Dictionary of Occupational Titles." (This document contains an annotated bibliography listing 28 references, including four Web sites.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Attitudes, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, National Standards, Occupational Clusters, Occupational Information, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994