The Interrelation of Work and Family: A Missing Piece of the Vocational Education Research Agenda

W. L. Way, M. M. Rossman

This paper addresses a serious gap in vocational education research: the interaction between preparation for work and preparation for other life roles such as family. The authors argue that disconnecting these two roles is a disservice to both. They offer a series of provocative research questions that explore the complex connections between them, centering on issues such as the conceptualization of work and family; gender; community networks; and program assessment. The authors contend that preparation for work can no longer be isolated from other key life roles, especially family, and suggest that we examine the ideological foundations of vocational education which have contributed to this split.

MDS-1035 / October 1995

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