ERIC Number: ED335795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Working To Learn/Learning To Work: Secondary Education's Dilemma. Report No. 8.
Recognizing that unrestricted working conditions for 16- and 17-year-olds may disturb their ability to succeed academically, the Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau conducted a study to explore the effects of minors' employment on the education they received and to determine if changing the state's child labor law would serve minors' educational needs and the state's interests. Data were collected by administering surveys to principals, guidance counselors, teachers, local businesses, and the students themselves. Additionally, local officials provided information through interviews and sharing of departmental files. Following a brief introduction, the second chapter discusses current state and federal child labor laws, focusing on overlapping jurisdictions. The third chapter treats the teenage employment problem in Hawaii and offers some comparison with other national studies. Chapter 4 compares working student and nonworking student statistics, revealing the effects on students as their hours worked per week increases. Chapter 5 discusses whether the data support enacting a curfew, along with other possible solutions. Finally, chapter 6 discusses findings and recommendations, including a 9:30 curfew for 16- and 17-year-olds working on school nights and a restriction of hours worked per week to 28. Appendices include Senate Concurrent Resolution #174, a sample application for minor's certificate of employment, and surveys of high school principals and guidance counselors, teachers, and employers of high school students. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii State Legislative Reference Bureau, Honolulu.
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