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ERIC Number: ED454380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-20
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Vocational Education and the Nonacademic Student.
Ediger, Marlow
Recent emphasis on "academics only" in educational curriculum, with content influenced primarily by state-mandated tests, raises questions about the place of career education in the curriculum. It also leads to questions about how to reach nonacademic students, those whose interests and aptitudes lie in more practical knowledge outside the traditional academic curriculum. In addition, concerns can be voiced about individual student needs and over-reliance on multiple-choice testing which does not demonstrate students' use of multiple intelligences and precludes practical and hands-on projects and demonstrations as proof of mastery of learning. The academic emphasis has overshadowed the importance of career education, which is needed by all students. All students will eventually become workers, and most of them will work in more practical rather than academic fields. In addition, all workers need the same types of work attitudes and skills to succeed in life and careers, including dependability, perseverance, trustworthiness, goal orientation, interpersonal skills, a caring attitude, desire for continuous learning, decision-making skills, ethics, and self-actualization. Therefore, all students, K-12, should be involved in career education that will help them to determine and follow a career path during their lifetimes. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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