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Title:Private Sector Training, Vocational Education, and Educational Policy
Author(s):Powell, Jo Ann
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Coombs, Fred,
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Sociology of
Education, Adult and Continuing
Education, Vocational
Abstract:Educational policy is a complex endeavor, encompassing a loose conglomeration of public and private appendages. Difficulties are encountered in this field in part as a result of a lack of clear articulation of educational goals in a changing post-industrial society. This thesis is a descriptive and exploratory study of that vocational education and training which is related to the domain of the private sector (often called employer-provided training or private sector training), and its relationship to the education and work connection.
The central question of the thesis is: What is the nature of private sector vocational training and how does it relate to the education system? In particular, what do private sector training directors perceive as the appropriate domain of private sector training and what are the implications for educational policy? This study was developed through a review of the literature from industrialized countries as well as interviews conducted with private sector training directors, employees of the firms, and area vocational center directors.
Although education and training are no panacea for the underutilization of human resources, when properly administered, they can play an important role in facilitating adaptation to structural changes in the economy and in helping to equalize employment opportunities. However, there remains a need to improve the linkage between these occupational preparation programs and labor market mechanisms that determine employment success. There needs to be a sensible balance between the vocational training provided by industry and that provided by the State. Past practice has made the State largely responsible for "education" and the employer for "training." This historical separation of training and vocational education is no longer practical. The respective roles of secondary education and industrial training therefore need to be re-examined.
Issue Date:1988
Description:230 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8815405
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1988

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