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ERIC Number: EJ697121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
The Education Gospel and the Role of Vocationalism in American Education
Grubb, W. Norton; Lazerson, Marvin
American Journal of Education, v111 n3 p297 May 2005
The Education Gospel--the idea that formal schooling preparing individuals for employment can resolve all public and private dilemmas--has become dominant in the United States and many other countries. Over the twentieth century, it has led to high schools, community colleges, and universities becoming focused on occupational preparation and also to many other changes in the size and funding of education, the connections between schooling and employment, and the mechanisms of inequality. Moving ahead in the twenty-first century will require understanding the strengths and the limitations of both the Education Gospel and vocationalism.
Descriptors: Employment
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
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