NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ782034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1053-6728
Career Education in the Digital Age: What Vocational Education Has to Teach Mainstream Programs about 21st-Century Learning
McLester, Susan
Technology & Learning, v28 n3 p22 Oct 2007
Traditionally, the industrial arts wing of a typical American high school contrasted sharply with the rest of the school. Instead of silent hallways with classrooms of students sitting quietly at desks, industrial arts rooms bustled with noise and activity. Unlike their university-tract counterparts, students in the vocational education program were preparing to go straight from graduation into the workforce. This meant being serious about acquiring the job skills needed to immediately start earning a living. In the past 20 years, the bold line between higher education and career-bound students has not only blurred, but totally erased, according to experts like Gregory Kane. This article discusses how vocational education has changed in the last few years to meet the demands of the 21st-century workforce. This article also describes how schools are failing to prepare students for real-world vocations, which puts pressure on companies to shoulder the responsibility of training students. Also described are ways in which vocational education can teach mainstream programs about 21st-century learning.
NewBay Media. Subscription Department, P.O. Box 5052, Vandalia, OH 45377. Tel: 800-607-4410; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A