2000．第28卷第2期（Vol. 28 No. 2）．pp. 117135
Issues and Trends in Vocational/Technical Education Development
蕭今、黎萬紅（Jin XIAO & Manhong LAI）
Nowadays, the capacity of a nation's application of science and technology in economic development is assumed to be in close relation to the population's education. Training of vocational/technical skills becomes an important component in many countries' development policies. Nevertheless, the definitions of vocational/technical education and its development have long been unsettled debates. This article reviews the issues and trends of vocational/technical education development in the less-developed countries, focusing on four aspects. These are the cost and efficiency of investment in education, the relevance of education and training programs, the equity for the trained population, and finally the alternative training and education programs as well as their effects on increasing productivity. It is suggested that the vocational/technical education development in China should embrace a broad scope of education and training programs, based on present labor market characteristics.