ERIC Number: ED374350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Designing Quality Programs: International Lessons on Youth Employment Preparation. A Report of the Designing Quality Programs Team of the Comparative Learning Teams Project.
Partee, Glenda; And Others
This report presents findings of an investigation of the design of programs and systems that prepare young people for work in Denmark, Germany, and Sweden. An introduction and overview of investigating programs and options for youth employment preparation are followed by a discussion of indicators embodied in a high quality program in school-to-work transitions: program completers experience high levels of success; quality inputs and up-to-date content and instruction ensure programs meet needs of youth and employers; flexible designs, diverse ways of organizing learning, and program supports ensure the greatest success for the maximum number; the program is structured to provide multiple options and decision points to accommodate changes in plans and emphasis, ensure development of broad-based skills, and provide access to higher education and further training; mechanisms exist for informed decision making by all partners; instruction reflects best practice and knowledge; and mechanisms are in place for ensuring accountability. The next three sections describe the essential elements of systems that support a high quality learning program of career preparation in Denmark, Germany, and Sweden. Each section discusses content and structure of the learning experience and strategies to ensure success and motivation of all youth (Denmark and Sweden) or challenges for the vocational system (Germany). Finally, conclusions and implications for practice and program design in the United States are drawn. (YLB)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Career Development, Comparative Education, Coordination, Developed Nations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, Program Design, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Center for Learning and Competitiveness, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Center for Learning and Competitiveness.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Denmark; Germany; Sweden