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ERIC Number: ED482359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
History and Evolution of Vocational and Career-Technical Education. A Compilation.
Wonacott, Michael E.
The purpose of this compilation is to sketch the evolution of the field from vocational education to career-technical education throughout the 20th century in the United States. It includes information and excerpts from a variety of sources, including both original and foundational documents from the early 20th century and more recent histories and syntheses from the end of the century. It begins by sketching traditional preparation for work and describing the influential philosophies of Snedden, Dewey, and Prosser. The changes brought about by federal legislation, including the Smith-Hughes Act and successive reauthorizations of the Perkins Act are detailed. The issues that underlie the reconceptualization of vocational education in the last decades of the 20th century are outlined, followed by a brief look at the future of the field. Throughout this compilation, excerpted material, which in some cases is extensive, is visually highlighted. Contains 36 references. (SK)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Historical Materials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Smith Hughes Act