ERIC Number: ED338927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Working Out? A Study of the Work Experience Module in Secondary Schools in Lothian. SCRE Project Reports.
Malcolm, Heather; Johnstone, Margaret
The work experience module used in secondary schools in Lothian, Scotland, was evaluated by soliciting the opinions of the teachers and career officers who organize it, the students who participate, and the employers who provide work experience placements. Data were gathered between October 1990 and March 1991 from 699 students in 38 schools, 151 of their teachers, and 18 career officers using a questionnaire and from 40 employers by telephone. Some of the findings are the following: (1) both teacher and pupil groups felt that the work experience outcome had helped pupils become more confident; (2) more than half the students thought the experience had made them want to work harder at school; (3) more effort should be given to matching students with placements in which they could do well; (4) more effort should be made in helping students develop realistic expectations about the work experience; and (5) teachers found the database used in the project useful for making placements, but felt they needed more training and did not rely on it for all placements. (Two appendixes describe research methodology and list the types of job placements.) (KC)
Descriptors: Databases, Employer Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Job Placement, Outcomes of Education, Program Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Employment, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Identifiers: Scotland (Lothian Region)