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Published: 29 September 2016

176 Pages


ISBN: 9780199009985

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Vocational Education in Canada

Alison Taylor

  • Addresses the role of education in our changing economy. How to align education with a rapidly evolving knowledge economy is an ongoing concern among education, employers, parents, and youth. Here are the facts in a short, accessible consolidation of education across the country, past, present, and future.
  • Canadian scope. Each country has a unique history and politics feeding into its educational system. Taylor looks specifically at the Canadian context, with international comparisons where relevant.
  • Astute and insightful. Taylor's experience and research are wide-ranging, enabling her to provide a clear-cut and unbiased understanding of education.
  • Past, present, and future. The historical context of how the Canadian system has evolved helps understand where we are now. From the evolution of nineteenth-century industrial schools to contemporary high school apprenticeship programs, education-industry partnerships, and attempts to blend academic and vocational curriculum, Taylor surveys how education has changed over the decades in Canada.
  • An excellent framework for understanding debates over education reform. Taylor's view-at-30,000-feet helps to map Canadian education as it is now, the theories that inform it, past and present successes and failures, and future policy directions.
  • Comparative. A fascinating and revealing look at how Canada's education compares and contrasts to those of the United States and Europe.
  • Latest data from a range of key sources. Taylor considers reports from Canadian Education Statistics Council, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and the Conference Board of Canada among others.
  • Evaluates the new vocationalism. A connective approach advocates for a more inclusive general workforce preparation, with more integration of academic and vocational learning.
  • How best to serve our youth. Taylor evaluates a range of approaches, including streaming, a "head vs hands" model, and a connective model that enables students to navigate between the codified knowledge of curriculum and the situated knowledge of the workplace.

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