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ERIC Number: EJ926103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Reinventing the Image of CTE through Sustainability
Bernardino, Ruben; Seaman, James
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v86 n4 p44-48 Apr 2011
Career and technical education (CTE) carries a long-held image misconception--an outdated observation harbored by students, parents and the general public that CTE lacks academic rigor and only leads students to low-skill jobs. Despite these misconceptions, CTE is often a perfect option for many students to discover their passions, and to develop skills to enter the workforce or to continue on to college. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills identifies skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration as vital skills for the future. The hands-on approach to education in CTE equips students with all of these skills. Indeed, the CTE community has made excellent strides toward image change, but how can it become more prolific? How can CTE enhance its image so as to attract new students? One solution is through sustainability. Sustainability in education is about teaching students to be environmentally and socially responsible, therefore protecting the planet for future generations. An increasing number of global environmental challenges, combined with growing public awareness about the need for sustainability, provide CTE with an opportunity to develop programs that focus on the new green economy and set an example of best practice by greening CTE facilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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