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ERIC Number: ED518964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 164
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-1214-2
Democratic Postsecondary Vocational Education
Molnar, Christopher J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University
This dissertation offers a critique of current approaches to postsecondary vocational education. It concludes that the traditional apprenticeship and didactic model leads to inadequate preparation of students for independent thinking and problem solving. An alternative model is proposed that uses "democratic education" principles. These include student participation in curriculum selection, greater experiential opportunities, a mentoring relationship between students and instructors, community involvement, flexibility in scheduling, and critical thinking. The basis for this new model includes an analysis of the literature on public, vocational, and democratic education; reflections on several years of journals relating to the author's transformative experience as a vocational educator; and student surveys and interviews with respect to demographics of the adult vocational student, study habits, time constraints, special education needs, learning disabilities, and learning styles. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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