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ERIC Number: ED410433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: 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)
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
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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