Leadership development in career and technical fields is important; therefore, this chapter examines innovative techniques for preparing and developing career and technical education leaders. Synchronous and asynchronous techniques are described in detail. Emerging non-traditional leadership programs using innovative techniques are highlighted. Tools such as internships, job shadowing, virtual classrooms, innovative mentoring techniques, and distance technology sources are explored. Advantages of time, cost, and access are discussed. Lastly, disadvantages of technology use, future trends and conclusions are provided.
Leadership development is not a new concern for career and technical educators. A number of scholars have written about leadership development programs in career and technical education in the 1990’s (Moss, Leske, Jensurd, & Berkas, 1994; Moss, Finch, Lambrecht, Jensrud, 1994; Moss, Jensurd, Johansen, 1992; Finch, Gregson, Faulkner, 1991). Much of this research was supported by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE). At the national level support for leadership development in career and technical education emerged again in the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education (NDCCTE).
Key Terms in this Chapter
Asynchronous: Interaction, communication, and/or completion of tasks between two individuals or groups that can be completed during different timeframes.
Blog: A log on the internet that is often maintained by an individual. It is the merging of the words web and log
Innovative Leadership Development: Programs to develop leadership skills that use a variety of learning methods and integrate technology.
Learning Management System: A computer system that allows users to design, develop, implement, and evaluate a course online. This includes the storage of content and also delivery.
Virtual Classroom: A web based environment that simulates a live classroom experience
Conference E-Session: A conference session that is conducted over the internet with video conferencing technology such as Breeze or Elluminate to create a virtual conference room for presentations.
Synchronous: Interaction, communication, and/or completion of tasks between two individuals or groups that are completed in the same location during the same set timeframe.
Instant Messaging Software: Information communication technology that enables individuals to type, talk, share files, and video simultaneously.