The focus of more recent educational reform in the United States has been on student achievement. As educators began to work with new reform they quickly realized that success depended on the preparation of quality teachers. This article focuses on vocational teacher education which like other teacher education areas has for some time been involved with the educational reform movement in the United States. Historical and philosophical contexts for vocational teacher education are first presented, followed by a discussion of their impact on vocational teacher education and relationships to current reform. Promising new directions for the preparation of vocational teachers are then offered and ways teacher education delivery might be provided are discussed. Finally, several continuing issues and concerns in the preparation of vocational teachers are discussed.
Finch, C. R.
Vocational teacher education in an era of change: The United States experience.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 23(2).