ERIC Number: ED206909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Work Experience Programmes Operating in Government Secondary Schools in Western Australia. Discussion Paper No. 10.
Robertson, S.; Dunnell, P.
This report describes a 1979-80 study of work experience programs in secondary schools in Western Australia and assessment of Education Department guidelines and support structures available to schools. Following a brief introduction (chapter 1), chapter 2 discusses the history and organization of work experience, a popular transition education activity. A rationale for work experience is developed in chapter 3 by illustrating related transition ideas. Chapter 4 outlines study design and methodology. It presents objectives and criteria and describes the questionnaire survey of all government schools and subsequent case studies of seven of them. Chapters 5 and 6 present study findings. Chapter 5 focuses on dimensions, aims, and operational features of work experience programs in the schools. These conclusions are made: (1) teachers, employers, parents, and students are in favor of the programs; (2) many teachers consider the programs time-consuming and largely irrelevant; (3) responsibility is commonly given to one staff member; and (4) schools need assistance in adapting guidelines to their particular situations. Chapter 6 discusses issues that emerged from data, including coordination, integration, support structures for work experience, sex role stereotyping, rural schools, and effectiveness of guidelines. Chapter 7 generalizes conclusions. Appendixes include discussion of initiatives in transition education and survey questionnaires. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Education, Case Studies, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Government School Relationship, Guidelines, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, State Departments of Education, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australia Education Dept., Perth.
Identifiers: Australia (Western Australia)