ERIC Number: ED402368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening the Relationship between School and Work for Noncollege Youth in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Spotlight on Student Success No. 108.
A research project has been conducted to examine the transition from school to work, to explore how this transition does or does not work for inner-city high school and other at-risk students, and to propose school policy and program changes to increase the likelihood of a successful transition. Data were derived from the High School and Beyond Survey, a longitudinal study of a large national sample of students who were high school sophomores in 1980. This report describes findings from the descriptive phase of the project. The analysis is based on dividing the cohort into inner-city and noninner-city subcohorts. Comparison of these groups indicated that inner-city youth were more likely to have dropped out between their sophomore and senior years. Both groups showed approximately equal interest in obtaining a job, but inner-city youth were less successful in finding jobs even though the gap between the two groups decreased between 1980 and 1982. Results do not support conventional wisdom about the irreversible and increasing despair among inner-city adolescents. They do suggest that inner-city youth have the same employment aspirations as noninner-city youth, have more difficulty, possess fewer job search skills, but eventually catch up. Helping students make a successful transition to work should be part of the empowerment zone legislation and other programs for urban improvement. Three related publications are listed. (Contains one table.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Education Work Relationship, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Inner City, National Surveys, Noncollege Bound Students, Relevance (Education), Student Attitudes, Urban Schools, Urban Youth, Vocational Education, Vocational Interests
Mid-Atlantic Laboratory for Student Success, 9th Floor, Ritter Hall Annex, 13th Street and Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19122; phone: 1-800-892-5550; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.temple.edu/departments/LSS.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.