ERIC Number: ED449377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Keeping Vocational/Career-Technical Educators Current. Trends and Issues Alert No. 23.
Wonacott, Michael E.
How are vocational educators staying up to date in their occupational areas in the high-tech, high performance, 21st century workplace? Is the meaning of "up to date" the same as before? While traditional methods such as attending workshops and reading professional literature are still in use, distance communication technology has also led to the use of teleconferencing, listservs, recommendations for downloadable curriculum material websites, and modularized distance learning programs. Increased worker autonomy, participative and consensual decision making, technology, and knowledge work have led to a need for workers who have not only specific occupational skills but also a range of generalizable workplace skills such as problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork that increasingly are part of being "up to date." In addition, new emphasis on integrating vocational and academic education and teaching academic and generalizable workplace skills in an occupational context has led to a corresponding focus on gaining workplace experience through externships, summer work, field visits and business partnerships for all educators. (The paper lists and summarizes 25 resources for keeping current.) (KC)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Continuing Education, Critical Thinking, Distance Education, Educational Needs, Educational Resources, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Participative Decision Making, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Teachers, Teleconferencing, Vocational Education, Work Environment
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
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.