ERIC Number: ED205736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Secondary Schools and the World of Work. The Experiences and Opinions of Queensland Teachers.
Queensland Board of Teacher Education, Toowong (Australia).
This study examined the background characteristics, work experience, extent of contact with the world of work, and attitudes towards work of teachers in secondary schools in Queensland; and these teachers' views concerning the role and aims of secondary education, particularly as they relate to preparation for the world of work. Comparisons are drawn between teachers having different amounts of full time work experience, in different types of schools, of various ages, and of either sex, and teaching in different curriculum areas. The results show that more than half of the teachers had some full time work experience. However, the work experience, other than teaching, that teachers had participated in had been mainly for less than two years. The impression given by the results is that teachers see secondary schools as having a role to play in helping students enter the working world, that more emphasis should be given to this aim, and that they would be willing to participate in programs of alternative work experiences and to take students to visit places of employment or to have business persons visit their classrooms. Nonetheless, teachers considered helping students to prepare for the working world to be but one aim of secondary schools, and some teachers felt that students were prepared for the world of work through a general education. Issues for further consideration uncovered by the study include the possibility of alternative work experience programs for teachers, discussion of the aims of secondary education in teacher preparation institutions, and examination of ways of providing teachers with greater exposure to the world of work. (KC)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Foreign Countries, Individual Characteristics, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, School Role, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Qualifications, Values, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes, Work Experience, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensland Board of Teacher Education, Toowong (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Queensland)