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Chambers 21st Century Dictionary

noun: education aimed at preparing students for their present or future employment, which may take place in colleges of further education, universities or in the workplace itself and is increasingly being offered to secondary school pupils in the form of work experience.

Summary Article: vocational education from The Columbia Encyclopedia
vocational education, training designed to advance individuals' general proficiency, especially in relation to their present or future occupations. The term does not normally include training for the professions. Development Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the apprenticeship system and the home were the principal sources of vocational education. Since then society has been forced by the decline of handwork and the specialization of occupational functions to develop institutions of vocational education. Manual training, involving general instruction in the use of hand tools, developed initially in Scandinavia (c.1866) in response to the doctrines of Friedrich Froebel and Johann Pestalozzi. It became popular in the elementary schools of the United States after 1880. While the immediate object of this training was not vocational, it developed...    Continue Reading

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