ERIC Number: ED461771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow: A Conceptual Framework for Career and Technical Education.
Rojewski, Jay W.
This document examines issues related to developing a conceptual framework for career and technical education (CTE). Section 1 sets forth the rationale. Section 2 examines historical and current traditions and views toward CTE (including the federal government's principal role in originating and shaping it through legislative mandates and funding) and describes traditional and contemporary philosophical positions regarding CTE's purpose. Section 3 reports recent educational reform efforts and examines their impact on vocational education. Section 4 discusses workforce needs in a high tech, global workplace that demand substantial change to CTE curriculum and practice if students are to be adequately prepared for work and adult life. Section 5 examines other issues that influence thinking about CTE's nature and scope in the 21st century: underlying assumptions and external influences that shape practice, previous frameworks that described the field, and emerging and future trends in CTE delivery. Section 6 describes these individual components selected as framework anchors: curriculum, instruction and delivery options, student evaluation, clientele, and program evaluation. Current and likely directions for the field and unresolved issues or potential problems are discussed. Section 7 reviews the conceptual framework and delineates specific issues pertaining to secondary and postsecondary education, particularly teacher education. (Contains 106 references and 14 endnotes.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Federal Government, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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.