Published this summer by Information Age Publishing in North Carolina, Innovations in Career and Technical Education: Strategic Approaches Towards Workforce Competencies Around the Globe was co-edited with Fordham University Professor Kathleen P. King. This book is designed to ensure competency among potential and in-service vocational instructors pursuing a program of personal and professional development.Throughout the United States, there are a number of uncredentialed instructors who teach courses in vocational education. Although these individuals may be competent enough in their subject matter areas, there is an obvious deficiency in their foundations of vocational education. The book provides a solid basis in career and technical education in its modern sense. From this standpoint, this book is an excellent textbook for undergraduate and graduate students in university settings. Appealing foundation books are normally concerned with historical, philosophical and social considerations of vocational education. Such prominent elements can be found from Evans and Herr’s (1978) Foundations of Vocational Education to Gray and Herr’s (1998) Workforce Education The Basics. This book is no exception.
All the authors of this book, including department chairs, program directors, journal editors and seasoned professors, are considered experts in the field of career and technical education and have published numerous journal articles and books. For example, Ernest Brewer, editor of International Journal of Vocational Education and Training; Gregory Petty, a professor at the University of Tennessee, contributed a chapter entitled “Perspectives of a Healthy Work Ethic in a 21st-Century International Communit”. Fredrick Nafucho, department chair, Human Resource Development at Texas A&M, wrote a chapter entitled “Reforms in Education and Training Curriculum as a Strategic Approach to Workforce Development Competencies in Kenya”. Henry O’Lawrence, department chair of Professional Studies at CSULB, wrote a chapter entitled “Workforce Competencies: A Comparison of U.S. and Jamaican Experiences.” Kathleen P. King, editor of the New York Journal of Adult Learning, wrote a chapter entitled “Framing Strategic Partnerships Guided by Adult Learning: Bridging the Education Gap with Career and Technical Education (CTE)”. These and other chapters provide international persepctives and cover traditional aspects of career and technical education. Indeed, the editors and authors of the book have created a great textbook for educators and learners in the field.