ERIC Number: ED163611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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Schools and Work. Discussion Paper No. 1.
Traditionally, education has been expected to both promote equality of opportunity and provide workers for the labor market. In Australia, increasing youth unemployment has led to a greater emphasis on education's function of enhnacing student transition into the work force. There has been an upsurge in work experience programs and incorporation of career information into the curriculum. Yet an increase in vocationally oriented education may not provide a basis for personal enrichment in later life or upward mobility for those who are economically disadvantaged. In fact, the education system by itself can do little to alleviate youth unemployment, and by cooperating with industry's demand for increased unnecessary credentials for low level jobs, it may be contributing to a misallocation of manpower. The major contribution schools can make regarding employment is to improve the quality of employees for existing jobs and to assist in matching skills and aspirations of students with available jobs. Schools can also play a significant role in the development of appropriate values and attitudes. Because the future may bring increased leisure time and attempts to increase employers' responsiveness to the needs of employees, schools should develop students' recreational skills and help them learn to have influence over their jobs. (Author/JM)
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Authoring Institution: Western Australia Education Dept., Perth.