ERIC Number: ED540476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1923
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education. Bulletin, 1923, No. 28
Bawden, William T.
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
Recently there has been a notable increase in the amount of attention given to the subject of vocational education on the part of the general public as well as by educators. There has been much debate among educators over the respective merits and functions of vocational education and general education, and there are still educational leaders who appear to regard vocational education and general education as two mutually exclusive "horns of a dilemma," and to feel impelled by the exigencies of the situation to place themselves on one side or the other of what they deem to be a controversy over fundamental policies. Of even greater significance is the extent of the interest taken by the general public. A large number of articles have appeared in magazines of all classes, including those of literary and scientific leanings, and even some of highly specialized outlook, as well as many of the more popular periodicals. Even the daily press has given unwonted attention to questions formerly regarded as too technical to be of interest to the general reader. One serious defect in much of this general popular discussion of vocational education is that it has been uninformed and superficial. Unfortunately, educators are in part responsible for the confusion because of the loose way in which the term "vocational" has been used. The enactment of the Smith-Hughes vocational education law of 1917 established certain standards and tended to fix the definitions of certain types of educational activities, but not even five years of experience under this legislation have served to bring about general agreement as to the meaning of essential terms. Topics covered in this bulletin include: (1) Increased popular interest; (2) Relation of vocational education to general education; (3) Important factors of progress; (4) Federal Board for Vocational Education; (5) The part-time school; (6) Business and industry assume a share of responsibility; (7) Industrial teachers' scholarships; (8) The literature of vocational education; (9) Prevocational education; (10) Vocational guidance; (11) Validity of Federal aid legislation assailed; (12) Vocational education in the Army and the Navy; (13) Correspondence schools; and (14) Manual arts instruction. (Contains 27 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Vocational Education, General Education, Federal Aid, Scholarships, Career Guidance, Education Work Relationship, Prevocational Education, Correspondence Schools, Trade and Industrial Teachers, Educational Legislation, Part Time Students, Business, Industry, Career Choice, Surveys
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education (ED)