Vocational Education Journal

This magazine has news on legislative affecting career and technical education, features on issues and program, profiles of educators and notices of new products.

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 8, November

25 Ways to Become an Educational Entrepreneur
In these times of limited budgets and requests to do more for less, vocational-technical teachers need some inventive ways to secure funding and otherwise keep their programs strong. I put this list together to help educate my student teachers about...
A Dangerous Experiment
Without a doubt, the most misunderstood educational model in education today is outcome-based education. This is partly due to the reluctance of William Spady--the father of modern OBE--to define its terms or establish universal goals or outcomes.Spady...
A National Report Card for Vo-Tech
When Congress passed the 1990 Perkins Act, it added an accountability provision to ensure that federal dollars allocated to vocational education were being used appropriately and effectively. The Act required the Office of Educational Research and Improvement...
An Exciting Time for Community Colleges
How exciting it is to be a part of the changing scene in business education at the community college. Course outlines for each semester must be updated to include new technology available. New teaching methods must be explored to meet the needs of the...
Fashion Institute Celebrates 50th Anniversary
When the New York City Transit Authority decided it needed new uniforms for 24,000 bus and subway workers, it came to the Fashion Institute of Technology with a proposal: Ask your best students to develop ideas that will make our personnel not only look...
Fighting Words
This is the story of how OBE made the leap from touted reform model to target of parental wrath. In the 1980s OBE was the darling of conservatives such as former Education Secretary Bill Bennett, who wanted students to demonstrate that they had learned...
Good Intentions Gone Bad?
During the months I served on the independent advisory panel to NAVE, I was impressed by the amount of data gathered the wide variety of quality programs represented. Much of what NAVE says about vocational education is positive; some is not. Reasonable...
If We Won't Help Special Needs, Who Will?
The National Assessment of Vocational Education reports that individuals with special needs are over-enrolled in vocational education. The Forum in the September Vocational Education Journal expresses the viewpoint that special needs students take up...
One State's 'OBE' Story
As the battle for education reform in Pennsylvania intensified several years ago, the heated rhetoric and clashing opinions reported in the news media could easily have led a sideline observer to believe the proposed changes to schooling were a radical...
Outcomes on the Line
Who is my customer? Do I have many different customers? What are their expectations? How do I meet and exceed those expectations?We ask these questions daily at Honda of America. We must know who our customers are and what they want.If I subassemble...
Supervisor Says Forget Business as Usual
"Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here? asked Alice in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat replied, "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." "I don't much know, as long as I get somewhere,"...
Teacher Educators Should Lead Charge for Change
In our changing times there is at least one constant: Schools need well-trained, qualified business educators who have the knowledge, talent, drive and interpersonal and political skills necessary for survival and success in today's classrooms.The restructuring...
The Challenge for Secondary Teachers
"Stand still and silently watch the world go by-and it will."--anonymousToday's dynamic global economy offers many opportunities for secondary business educators. Just listen to Nebraska Commissioner of Education Joe Lutjeharms: "Business educators must...
The Show-Me Approach
The most intense debate about educational direction for the 1990s and beyond is the one now raging over outcome-based education (OBE). One can hardly pick up an educational journal, read a local newspaper, attend an educational conference or listen to...
Try, Try Again
Walk into one of my marketing or management classes at Aims Community College and you might see me lecturing to students diligently taking notes. Or you might drop in and find what administrators call total chaos, with some students taking tests, others...
Will You Croak for Your Pond?
Is your community proud of the successful graduates of your vocational-technical program or school? Are folks aware of vo-tech's obvious link to the federal school-to-work movement? Are they aware of you at all? Or, worse, do they associate vocational-technical...