Building Workforce Competencies in Career and Technical Education

Victor X. Wang, Florida Atlantic University
Kathleen P. King, University of Central Florida

A volume in the series: Adult Education Special Topics: Theory, Research and Practice in LifeLong Learning. Editor(s): Kathleen P. King, University of Central Florida.

Published 2008

Career and Technical Education (CTE) has become a vibrant source of workforce development across the globe. It is no longer an offering only for a specialized sector of students. Instead, it has matured into a sound and meaningful program for high school and post-secondary students across interest areas, and abilities. CTE programs and students realize the great relevancy of the programs to workplace and higher education readiness and immediate earning power.

This volume addresses the changing needs of foundation courses in CTE. As land grant universities began to offer courses to cover the historical, social and philosophical aspects of CTE, teaching institutions have followed suit. Therefore, readers will find not only a rich background in history and philosophy of the field, but also theory, best practice, and strategies specifically grounded in CTE.

As scholars and practitioners argue whether human resource development (HRD) encompasses CTE or vice versa in the field, this text proves that HRD is an integral component and thrust of CTE. As a broad field of study, CTE has come a long way and its history parallels the efforts of humanity from the Stone Age to modern civilization. Building Workforce Competencies through CTE proves that CTE survived, and thrives. The more we realize how pervasive technology and information skills are needed in our society, the more we need CTE. CTE is a leader in innovative educational programs, pedagogical theory and practice; it prepares people, young and old, for the world of work. This book provides a practical and visionary basis for cultivating future opportunities and directions in CTE.

Preface, Victor C. X. Wang. Introduction: Building on the Past to Meet the Future, Kathleen P. King. 1 The History of Vocational Education up to 1850 and a Rationale for Work. 2 Principles and Philosophy of Career and Technical Education. and Federal Funding for Vocational Education Up to the Present. 3 Historical Perspectives of the Different Components of Vocational Education. 4 Current Instructional Programs in Career and Technical Education. 5 Comparing the Russian, the Sloyd, and the Arts and Crafts Movement Training System. 6 Fundamentals of Curriculum Development in Career and Technical Education. 7 Framing Strategic Partnerships Guided by Adult Learning: Bridging the Education Gap with CTE. 8 Training in China. 9 Teaching Philosophies of Chinese Career and Technical. Instructors and U.S. Career and Technical Instructors. 10 Foundations of E-Learning in Career and Technical Education: Using the Medium to Meet Learners' Needs. 11 Training and Development. 12 Perspectives of a Healthy Work Ethic in a 21st-Century International Community, Ernest Brewer and Gregory C. Petty. 13 Launch Out: Building Workforce Competencies in Career and Technical Education.