Innovations in Career and Technical Education

Strategic Approaches towards Workforce Competencies around the Globe

Edited by:
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 2007

This book is designed primarily for potential and in-service vocational instructors who are pursuing a program of personal and professional development which will ensure competency in this specialty. In any state in the United States, there are a number of uncredentialed instructors who teach courses in vocational education. Although these individuals may be competent enough in their subject matter areas, there is an obvious deficiency in the foundations of vocational education. Foundations of vocational education help vocational educators lay a solid foundation from which they can better help students hold aloft the banner of the full range of education for work, which is career and technical education in its modern sense. From this standpoint, this book is an excellent textbook for undergraduate and graduate students at university settings. Appealing foundation books are normally concerned with historical, philosophical, and social considerations of vocational education. The basic principles of vocational education must be covered in these books. Such prominent elements can be found from Evans and Herr’s (1978) Foundations of Vocational Education to Gray and Herr’s (1998) Workforce Education: The Basics. This book is no exception.

Preface, Victor C. X. Wang. Introduction, Kathleen P. King. PART I. The History of Vocational Education Up To 1850 and a Rationale for Work, Victor C. X. Wang. Principles and Philosophy of Career and Technical Education and Federal Funding For Vocational Education up to the Present, Victor C. X. Wang and Kathleen P. King. Historical Perspectives of the Different Components of Vocational Education, Victor C. X. Wang, Kathleen P. King, and Fredrick Muyia Nafukho. Current Instructional Programs in Career and Technical Education, Kathleen P. King and Victor C. X. Wang. PART II. Comparing the Russian, the Sloyd, and the Arts and Crafts Movement Training Systems, Victor C. X. Wang and Carol Koerner Redhead. Perspectives of a Healthy Work Ethic in a 21st-Century International Community, Gregory C. Petty and Ernest W. Brewer. Framing Strategic Partnerships Guided by Adult Learning: Bridging the Education Gap With CTE, Kathleen P. King. Training in China, Victor C. X. Wang. Reforms in Education and Training Curriculum as a Strategic Approach to Workforce Development Competencies in Kenya, Fredrick Muyia Nafukho. Workforce Competencies: A Comparison of U.S. and Jamaican Experiences, Henry O’Lawrence. Teaching Philosophies of Chinese Career and Technical Instructors and U.S. Career and Technical Instructors, Victor C. X. Wang. Australia’s Vocational Education and Training, Kisilu Kitainge. Glossary and Resources. About the Authors. Index.