How Do We Tell the Workers? The Socioeconomic Foundations of Work and Vocational Education


This foundational text makes use of advances in cognition & social theory to demonstrate how & why schools & teachers must reorient traditional approaches to vocational education. The book serves as a main text or as supplementary reading in teacher training courses & will be a valuable sourcebook for administrators & education scholars. Contents: Foreword, Fred Schied. THE NATURE OF WORK. A Sense of Purpose. Modernism & the Evolution of the Technocratic Mind. Power & the Development of the Modernist Economy. Good Work, Bad Work, & the Debate over Ethical Labor. THE HISTORICAL DIMENSIONS OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. The Origins of Vocational Education. The Progressive Debate, the Victory of Vocationalism, & the Institutionalization of Schooling for Work. Failures & Reforms: The Recent History of Vocational Education. COPING WITH & DIRECTING CHANGE. Post-Fordism & Technopower: The Changing Economic & Political Arena. Democratic Post-Fordist Workplaces & Debating the Changing Purposes of Vocational Education. Confronting & Rethinking Educational Theory: Critical Vocational Pedagogy & Workers as Researchers. RACE, CLASS, & GENDER. Plausible Deniability: The Skeleton in Vocational Education's Closet. A Touch of Class. Accounting for Gender. Howlin' Wolf at the Door: Race, Racism, & Vocational Education. THE ROLE OF LABOR & UNIONS IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. Democratic Unionism in the Global Economy & Corporate-Directed Vocational Education. The New Unionism & the Struggle for a Democratic Social Movement. A VISION OF GOVERNMENT, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, & THE FUTURE. Worker Civics: The Decline of the Nation-State & the Rise of Corporate Government. A Reconceptualized Government for the Twenty-First Century.