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Educating and training tomorrow's transportation professionals Meyer, Michael D

By: Meyer, Michael DPublication details: Transportation Research Board. Conference proceedings, 1997Description: nr 12, s. 76-8Subject(s): USA | Conference | | Freight transport | Passenger transport | Education | Recommendations | 12 | J05 | J12 | 01Bibl.nr: VTI P9000:12Location: Abstract: This paper discusses intermodalism from the perspective of transportation education and training. It points out that intermodal transportation is an area in which many trends and changing societal characteristics will greatly affect the efficiency and effectiveness of the intermodal movement of people and goods, and that these trends and characteristics also affect education and training in that one of the major responsibilities of the educational system is to make sure that the education today will prepare transportation professionals for the world they will face tomorrow. Four basic categories of knowledge should be provided in an intermodal transportation education: (1) a clear understanding of the function of transportation systems; (2) a sensitivity to the relationships and linkages between transportation and its surroundings, whether they be the natural environment or communities; (3) analytical approaches to solving problems, which includes an understanding of what types of solution strategies are feasible, how they can be analyzed, and the analytical requirements of effective problem solving; and (4) how to implement the recommended strategy. Also, every research project that emanates from programs such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program or Department of Transportation programs should be required to have an educational module that allows those involved in education and training to incorporate the material into courses.
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This paper discusses intermodalism from the perspective of transportation education and training. It points out that intermodal transportation is an area in which many trends and changing societal characteristics will greatly affect the efficiency and effectiveness of the intermodal movement of people and goods, and that these trends and characteristics also affect education and training in that one of the major responsibilities of the educational system is to make sure that the education today will prepare transportation professionals for the world they will face tomorrow. Four basic categories of knowledge should be provided in an intermodal transportation education: (1) a clear understanding of the function of transportation systems; (2) a sensitivity to the relationships and linkages between transportation and its surroundings, whether they be the natural environment or communities; (3) analytical approaches to solving problems, which includes an understanding of what types of solution strategies are feasible, how they can be analyzed, and the analytical requirements of effective problem solving; and (4) how to implement the recommended strategy. Also, every research project that emanates from programs such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program or Department of Transportation programs should be required to have an educational module that allows those involved in education and training to incorporate the material into courses.

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