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ERIC Number: ED185325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Learning and Work Programs: Transitional Educative Cultures. Research and Development Series No. 199.
Twarog, Katherine J.; Crowe, Michael R.
A comparative case study of education and work programs was conducted from an anthropological frame of reference to determine how each sets up a program culture for learners to achieve program goals. Three variables structured into the original research design of the project were (1) the length of the program; (2) the type of community served, and (3) the socio-academic characteristics of the students served. Results of the study indicate that leadership and faculty tenure seem to have a stabilizing effect on the length of the program; availability of public transporatation and time commitment required by the program coordinator to adequately supervise students in a large geographical area vary by community type; and that the traditional role of education as a conduit to vertical class mobility should be considered in the placing and processing of experiences with respect to socio-academic student characteristics. Results indicate that while the four education and work programs represented diverse responses to local needs and local resources, they all shared three characteristics: an orientation toward the economic institutions of the community; the inclusion of a learning component; and the awarding of academic credit or pay. Two other areas of concern identified were the additional responsibility students with psycho-social problems placed on the program and the unique socio-cultural problems of the role of the work sponsor. (MEK)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Characteristics, Cultural Context, Economic Factors, Education Work Relationship, Experiential Learning, High Schools, Leadership, Sociocultural Patterns, Student Characteristics, Wages, Work Experience Programs
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 ($7.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents see CE 024 777, CE 024 779, CE 024 781, and CE 025 119.