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ERIC Number: ED397236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 12
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Peer Helping: A Model for Service Learning.
Carr, Rey Alexander
Focusing on student experience rather than distinguishing between vocational or academic education is essential to preparing students for future society. Seven trends are influencing the future for adolescents preparing for the work world: (1) a shift from employment where manual labor, physical dexterity, and minimal education are needed for jobs where reading, writing, and calculating abilities are essential; (2) a baby bust; (3) employer reliance on an employee's ability to reason and communicate; (4) employers' desire for employees who can learn new skills rapidly, shift gears, and adapt and work under pressure; (5) changes in family patterns and income that have led people to seek out alternative approaches to full-time employment; (6) improved policies to attract and keep qualified employees; and (7) the need for successful workers to be computer literate, be able to solve problems, interact with others, or use extensive cognitive skills. Service learning, and particularly the roles students can play in providing support to each other, is an essential component of school-to-work transition programs. Nine specific roles peer helpers can play in service learning are mentors, tutors, climate builders, at-risk group members, career assistants, transition agent, dilemma manager, re-entry agent, and mediator. (Contains 35 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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