ERIC Number: ED223795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Work Experience Programs for Queensland State Secondary Students--1981.
An evaluation of work experience programs in Queensland state secondary schools had three goals. It examined current practices and identified effective practices to guide program planning and development; based on expected student benefits, it provided a categorization of the types of experience that students encounter during work experience programs; and it determined teacher views on the importance and necessity of work experience in the school curriculum. The evaluation data collection proceeded through three stages: a preliminary study in metropolitan secondary and special schools, a mail survey of all state high schools and secondary departments regarding selected aspects of program organization, and on-site investigations. Three types of programs were offered: general programs offering work experience to all or most students in a particular year level, programs associated with special transition-to-work courses for selected students, and programs associated with the teaching of a particular subject. Nine categories of work experience placements were found: regular work, supernumerary, apprenticeship, learner assistant, guided tour, orientation (different work opportunities), onlooker, simulated, and school-based. Most coordinators and teachers felt that work experience benefited students, the school, and the community and should have a status approaching, but below that of, academic subjects in the curricula. (YLB)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Research, Experiential Learning, Job Placement, Job Search Methods, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Employment, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensland Dept. of Education, Brisbane (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Queensland)