The Professional Growth Strategies for Vocational High School Teachers in the Era of the Knowledge-Based Economy

By Hsi-Chi Hsiao, Tien-Chu Huang and Chien-Feng Wu.

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The main purpose of this article is to discuss the professional growth strategies for vocational high school teachers in the era of the knowledge-based economy (KBE). In the era of the KBE, vocational high school teachers cannot just play their traditional roles, but should take part in knowledge management and innovation. In order to facilitate professional growth, vocational high school teachers must play multiple roles as lifelong learners, action researchers, knowledge producers, and persons who share knowledge with others. There are three aspects to be addressed in the professional growth for the vocational high school teachers when the teachers face the challenge in the era of the KBE: school, society and the individual.
In a systematic view, a vocational high school must provide the teachers with all kinds of job-training opportunities, construct a complete instructional system by means of implementation of knowledge management, and build the campus culture of organizational learning and professional growth. The community and enterprises need to offer probable connection strategies such as interaction, alliance, coordination and partnership for vocational high school teachers to develop proper curriculums to meet society needs. Besides, it is very helpful to facilitate curriculum implementation, and accumulate and disseminate knowledge if they cooperate and share with other organizations. The vocational high school teachers should play multiple roles such as curriculum developers, action researchers, knowledge producers, teaching innovators, and lifelong learners. They need to develop curriculums by collecting all kinds of up to date information and use computer technology effectively to study, analyze, innovate, and solve problems when teaching. They also need to provide the teaching content which incorporates creative thinking, and share their experiences with others.

Keywords: Knowledge-based Economy, Vocational High School Teacher, Professional Growth

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp.111-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 655.365KB).

Prof. Hsi-Chi Hsiao

Chair Professor, Graduate Institute of Business and Administration, Cheng Shiu University, Niaosong, Taiwan

Professor Hsi-Chi Hsiao received his M.S. degree from University of Wisconsin in 1983 and Ph. D. from Indiana State University in 1987. He was head of Department of Industrial Education at National Changhua University of Education and president of National Penghu Institute of Technology in Taiwan. He has also served as government consultant in the field of curriculum and instruction, vocational and technological education, research in applied science education for many years. He is now a chair professor at Graduate Institute of Business and Administration, Cheng Shiu University. His research interest has been focused on curriculum and instruction development, skill testing and creativity for vocational, technological and engineering education.

Tien-Chu Huang

Department of Vocational and Technical , Education, National Changhua University of Education, Changhua, Taiwan

Tien-Chu Huang is a PH.D. student at Department of Vocational and Technical Education (VTE), National Changhua University of Education (NCUE) in Taiwan. He is also serving as a high school teacher to teach the subjects of Math and Computer. He earned his B.Ed. in VTE at National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan, and M.A. in VTE at NCUE. His research interest is in the area of curriculum and instruction of VTE. He has made some presentations in that area in Taiwan.

Chien-Feng Wu

National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan

Chien-Feng Wu is a teacher at the Department of Automobile of The Affiliated Industrial Vocational School of National Changhua University of Education (NCUE) in Taiwan. He Received his M.S. degree from the Department of Industrial Education and Technology at NCUE in Taiwan in 2000. In addition, he is a Ph.D. student of the Department of Industrial Education and Technology at NCUE in Taiwan. His research interests include vocational education, curriculum leadership, human resource development and leadership.

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