ERIC Number: ED224903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Credit for Work Experience: A Study of Youth Employment and Training Projects Experience. Occasional Paper #5.
Wiltberger, Heather E.
A study examined the process of awarding credit to youth participating in a special group of employment and training programs. Using a student questionnaire, field researchers collected data concerning 21 Youthwork, Inc., Exemplary In-School Demonstration Projects with one of the following four program focus areas: academic credit for work experience, career awareness, youth-operated projects, and private sector projects. Of the 21 projects studied, 18 offered credit for work experience as a regular program feature. In general, those projects affiliated with an alternative school, and hence under state education jurisdiction rather than local affiliation, were most likely to grant required credits for experiential learning. Fifteen of the 16 projects routinely awarding academic credit for program participation placed youth on a job. Only those projects placing youth in the public sector more than 70 percent of the time awarded credits for required courses. All the remaining credit-granting projects placed youth in the private sector and awarded elective credits. Among those factors ranked as the most important determinants of receipt of credits were employment-related factors such as employer evaluations, job attendance, and the job attitude of youth. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Human Ecology at Cornell Univ.; Youthwork, Inc., Washington, DC.