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ERIC Number: EJ787573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Revisiting "Technical" Education
Roodhouse, Simon
Education & Training, v50 n1 p55-58 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to reconsider "technical" education on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the journal "Education + Training." Design/methodology/approach: The approach adopted is that of providing a historical perspective on technical education and higher education engagement with vocationalism, skills and employers. It draws from this the key developments and places these in the recent contemporary policy setting with the new skills agenda. Findings: The findings are that the government has substituted technical education with "the skills agenda" and is applying it relentlessly across the whole education system, including schools, which in turn is leading to confusion, overlaps and needless competition. There is a need for a national debate on an integrated approach to practical learning wherever it takes place, while recognising that liberal education has its place in a developed society. Originality/value: This paper is one of a series commissioned by the journal on its 50th anniversary. Its originality stems from the subject matter and the author's interpretation of past technical education and contemporary practice. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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