ERIC Number: ED450279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Diversity in the Work Force. The Highlight Zone: Research @ Work No. 4.
Wentling, Rose Mary
A literature review was conducted to identify critical work force diversity issues in today's changing workplace and identify ways organizations and career and technical education (CTE) practitioners can increase work force diversity. A broad, all-inclusive definition of diversity was developed that focuses on how diversity affects individuals and organizations and emphasizes communicating a concept of diversity as more than race, gender, affirmative action, and equal employment opportunity. Diversity management strategies belonging to the following six categories were discussed: needs assessment; organizational commitment; business strategy; systems and procedures that support diversity; integration and implementation; and assessment and refinement. The following were among the recommendations offered to CTE practitioners concerned with increasing and managing diversity in the work force: (1) realize that having the ability to work as a team member is a marketable skill and that students need to acquire a level of expertise in teamwork; (2) become knowledgeable about the variety of learning styles and how students from different lifestyles and ethnic backgrounds learn better; (3) work to recruit not only diverse students but also diverse faculty; and (4) build an educational environment that heightens awareness, understanding, and appreciation of cultural and other differences. (Contains 91 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adult Education, Career Development, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Definitions, Diversity (Faculty), Diversity (Institutional), Diversity (Student), Education Work Relationship, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Ethnic Distribution, Ethnic Groups, Evaluation Methods, Guidelines, Labor Force Development, Labor Turnover, Literature Reviews, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Organizational Climate, Organizational Objectives, Personnel Policy, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Racial Composition, School Business Relationship, Strategic Planning, Student Evaluation, Theory Practice Relationship, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.