Humanistic Elements in the Educational Practice at a United States Sub-Baccalaureate Technical College

  • Peng Chen Jiangsu Normal University, China
  • Carsten Schmidtke University of Arkansas, USA
Keywords: VET, Vocational Education and Training, Technical Education, Vocational Education, Humanism, Humanistic Methods, Educational Practice

Abstract

Humanism has never been able to establish a firm place in technical education, which remains predominantly pragmatist in response to industry needs, certification requirements and educational standardisation. However, after a period of decline, humanism has made somewhat of a comeback as part of the movement toward student-centred education. Research conducted at a technical college showed that although . This research indicated that including humanistic elements in educational practice will enable instructors to be more effective in helping students to develop skills in relation to team work, problem-solving, systems improvement, lifelong learning and other areas that are becoming increasingly necessary for success in the workplace. The include a constructivist approach with a focus on contextual teaching and learning using situated cognition, cognitive apprenticeships, anchored instruction and authentic assessment. At the same time, some suggestions for improving professional development for teachers by using a Gestalt approach along with self-study in the context of learning communities have been discussed.

 

Published
2017-08-31
How to Cite
Chen, P., & Schmidtke, C. (2017). Humanistic Elements in the Educational Practice at a United States Sub-Baccalaureate Technical College. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 4(2), 117-145. https://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.4.2.2
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