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Futures of Education II

Essays from an Interdisciplinary Symposium

Jürgen Oelkers

The organization of work according to distinct industries is largely a thing of the past since the traditional occupations are undergoing rapid change, and lifelong learning has long since become the basic requirement for job qualifications. These developments have overturned the traditional concept that views vocational training as equipping the worker with a finite body of required knowledge and skills. The developments also blur the historical distinction between purposeless, pure education (liberal education) and purposeful, useful education (vocational training). The futures of liberal education and vocational training are becoming inseparable. There is therefore a need for further interdisciplinary research in the fields of vocational training, further education, continuing education, and general adult education. The time has also come to take advantage of the field of education’s interfaces with labour market research and the economics of education. In the face of these tendencies and demands, the Second International Symposium on the Futures of Education, held in Zurich from 23 to 25 April 2002, focused on the position of work, education, and occupation from the perspective of ongoing qualification. The symposium contributions assembled in this volume provide new and valuable insights into a key field of research.
Contents: Jürgen Oelkers: Introduction – John Field: Lifelong Learning: Concepts and Research – David Raffe: Bringing Academic Education and Vocational Training Closer Together – Uwe Lauterbach in cooperation with Wolfgang Hellwig: Occupational Mobility and Mobility in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET): An International Comparison – Kenneth King: The International Steering of Education Systems: The Case of the World Bank in the Fields of Work, Education and Occupation – Anja Heikkinen: Transformation of Vocational Education in the Gender Perspective – Volker Bank: Problems of Planning and Control in Educational Processes – David Tyack/Benjamin Justice: Vocational Education in the U.S.: Some Historical Perspectives – Stephen J. Ball: Education for Profit and Standards in Education: The Ethical Role of Markets and the Private Sector in State Systems – Philipp Gonon: The Educationalisation of Occupations, Further Education and Training - The Requiem Programme of Education – Rudolf Tippelt: The Task of Adult Education – Stephen F. Hamilton/Mary Agnes Hamilton: Learning by Teaching: How Instructing Apprentices Affects Adult Workers – Nel Noddings: Preparing for Work – Michael Barber: From Good to Great: Large-Scale Education Reform in England – Rita Süssmuth: Globalisation and its Impact on Education – Peter Meyer-Dohm: Education and Employment in the Globalisation Age.