ERIC Number: ED410433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Successful School-to-Work Initiatives: What the Research Says. Information Series No. 370.
Lewis, Morgan V.
The simplicity and "common-sense" quality of school-to-work's (STW) basic concepts are the greatest threats to the full implementation of STW. Implementation requires a fundamental restructuring of secondary education and far greater involvement of employers in the preparation of young people for work. A synthesis of findings from eight documents that examined empirical evidence on the conduct and outcomes of efforts to facilitate STW transition identified the following characteristics of successful STW initiatives: (1) a comprehensive, strategic vision that sets forth the linkages expected at each level of the system and encourages partners to realize the vision in their particular circumstances; (2) special efforts to involve employers in their partnerships; (3) commitment and support at all levels and from all partners; (4) adequate financial support from a variety of sources; (5) students who have a strong foundation of career information and an awareness of their own interests, goals, and abilities that result from a planned sequence of learning experiences; and (6) integration of academic learning and occupational learning. Major efforts will be needed in these areas: recruiting enough employers who are willing to provide opportunities for work-based learning; providing teachers the time, resources, and support required to connect school-based and work-based learning; informing parents about the objectives of STW and countering erroneous perceptions and assumptions; and fostering the vocational maturity of high school students. Contains 34 references. (SK)
Descriptors: Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, High Schools, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publications, Center on Education and Training for Employment, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (order no. IN370: $7).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994