ERIC Number: ED227310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
High School Work Experience and Its Effects.
Lewis, Morgan V.; And Others
This study was conducted to describe the work experience being obtained by high school students and to relate that to educational and labor market outcomes. A special emphasis of the study was to determine if school supervision or monitoring has any apparent influence on the nature or outcomes of work experience. Data for the study were obtained from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience, New Youth Cohort, and from high school transcripts. The study found that about two-thirds of all students held jobs while in high school, most of which they obtained on their own. Although most of these jobs were at low skill levels--such as in-service, labor, or clerical occupations--jobs that were school supervised as well as jobs held by students with concentrated patterns of participation in vocational courses were usually at higher skill levels, especially for women. Through regression analysis, it was determined that work experience has either no effect or a slightly positive effect on grades. It was also found that there was some tendency for young people with part-time jobs in high school to have more school problems or delinquent behavior. Although work experience did not yield a consistent pattern of relationships with post-high school earnings, it did contribute to higher rates of employment for graduates. The study concluded that school supervision of work experience appears to achieve some equity for minorities and females as well as some training objectives. Recommendations were made to continue to emphasize work-study programs and for schools to use work experience to enhance students' education. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.