ERIC Number: ED457416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
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Re-Imposing Our Will on the Information Economy.
Globalization is an evolving concept characterized by economic, technological, social, and political dimensions. Vocational education and training (VET) practitioners and the VET system must make more conscious efforts to lead thinking about the social dimension of globalization. The mission of Australian VET today is largely couched in economic terms--to ensure a skilled work force capable of helping the country's industries become globally competitive. In Australia, much of the debate about globalization has focused on economics and technology, and the social and political dimensions of globalization have largely been side-stepped. The Australian education and training system has worked very hard to ensure that technology is pressed to the service of VET rather than falling for the trap of technological determinism. The challenge is not so much to invest in the technologies but to more quickly and effectively apply the technologies for the purposes of vocational learning and for using them to transact VET business. The following issues related to the social dimensions of globalization remain vitally important to the development and delivery of VET: access; Australian cultural identity; and community. Australia's VET practitioners and leaders must support a community-building purpose for VET and work to enhance the stock of social capital in their communities. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Economic Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Human Capital, Instructional Leadership, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Role of Education, Secondary Education, Social Capital, Social Change, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
For full text (In Word format): http://www.rcvet.uts.edu.au/papersdl/papkscho.doc.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; Finland; United Kingdom; United States