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ENHANCE ACADEMIC STUDY IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION IN IRAN

M.S. Abtahi

Islamic Azad university, Zanjan Branch (IRAN)
The increase in international trade and the information technology boom led us to begin to face the previously unthinkable of academic shortage towards vocational education. The main objective of this paper is to present the problem and find ways to solve it. The main finding included lack of investment from society and high degree involvement of government, the curricula is without of academic flexibility, students are sorted in to different school types largely on the basis of their entering exam score, shortage of high- quality teachers and instructors. Thus this paper puts four ways to tackle the problem: decrease the involvement of government; setting hybrid curricula and providing technical research project ; providing attractive option that the possibility to study further in university for vocational school graduates; emphasizing general and academic knowledge over industry and vocational skills by aligning academic institutions and firms.