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ERIC Number: EJ1135897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2161-7252
Are Lecturers Transferring the Necessary Skills Needed for the Workplace? The College of Technological Studies, Kuwait--A Case Study
Al-Ali, Salah
Journal of International Education and Leadership, v4 n2 Fall 2014
In the related literature, many authors and observers have confirmed that there has been a considerable gap between what is learned in the classroom and the real- life context of vocational and technical students' present and future workplaces. This unpleasant situation mostly occurs in developing countries where lecturers in vocational and technical education have limited knowledge and experience with real practice in industry. Therefore, their experience is limited to the confines of their institutions. This paper examines whether lecturers take into consideration those fundamental skills required by industry in their classes. In other words, do lecturers know the skills needed for today's workplace? The study also examines the degree of industrial involvement in formulating vocational and technical curriculum, such as the types of knowledge, skills and attitudes that need to be stressed in the classroom. This study consisted of: a review of related literature; a questionnaire that was distributed to a sampling of lecturers at the College of Technological Studies; as well as personal interviews with the head of the department, dean of the Industrial Liaison Office, and the department's trainees' supervisors within local industry. This paper concludes that lecturers must emphasize and develop the needed knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by industries in their course instruction. Otherwise these industries, particularly in Kuwait, will continue to heavily depend on expatriates as "skilled" workers for years to come.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kuwait
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