ERIC Number: ED229524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
An Interim Report on the National Child Labor Committee's Research in Secondary School Cooperative Education.
The National Child Labor Committee, in its formative evaluation of secondary cooperative education programs, collected data that were used to identify outstanding programs, define key elements of cooperative education programs, and estimate emphases and areas of success of outstanding programs. A list of key elements of cooperative education programs and examples of exemplary key elements in outstanding programs were submitted to administrators and coordinators for comment and evaluation. The average number of schools reporting an element as exemplary varied directly with the element's estimated importance; no teacher-coordinator reported doing an outstanding job in gaining union cooperation; and employer linkages, relations, and cooperation were seen as the most important area. Another finding was that teachers-coordinators did not analyze local job market data in order to compete successfully for existing jobs. A survey of state departments of education showed that they were interested in work experience and cooperative education programs, claimed to be providing adequate services in a wide range of areas, and provided little assistance in linking in-school activities to the labor market. Findings from other surveys were that employers were poorly informed about cooperative education programs, that cooperative education programs tended to place only the best students, and that few major corporations favored secondary school cooperative education. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Vocational Association (St. Louis, MO, December 3-7, 1982).