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The History of Career and Technical Education

The History of Career and Technical Education
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Author(s): Ernest W. Brewer (University of Tennessee, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 14
Source title: Definitive Readings in the History, Philosophy, Theories and Practice of Career and Technical Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Viktor X. Wang (California State University at Long Beach, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-747-3.ch001


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This chapter examines the history of career and technical education in the United States beginning with its earliest forms in the 16th and 17th centuries and continuing on through present-day society. Chronologically formatted, the primary focus is on how the nation’s domestic and international issues during each time period affected the development of vocational education, leading to major federal government legislation. Following a brief introduction of the subject, the background section will provide the reader with basic definitions of career and technical education as discussed by various authors, noting the changes of such definitions over the years. The main body of the chapter is divided into several sections based upon time periods. Each section will discuss national issues and major legislation reflecting changes in vocational education. Finally, the future of career and technical education will be examined, followed by a brief conclusion.

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