ERIC Number: ED410469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Both Sides Now: New Directions in Promoting Work and Learning for Disadvantaged Youth.
Kazis, Richard; Kopp, Hilary
Work preparation should provide adequate qualifications for sustained labor market participation and lifelong learning that lead to economic self-sufficiency and positive engagement as family members and citizens. Five barriers to productive transitions confront disadvantaged urban youth: changing structure of employment opportunity; skills mismatches in urban areas; employer discrimination; negative influences of family and neighborhood life; and weaknesses within youth-serving institutions. Ten lessons from research and practice address these barriers: modest interventions have modest and short-lived impacts; second-class systems yield second-class results; traditional didactic teaching methods fail significant numbers of young people; work is a powerful motivator and catalyst for learning when provided in a supportive, learning-rich context; a strong, direct connection to the local labor market and its employers is critical; work preparation strategies must take into account young people's developmental needs; strong relationships with competent, caring adults are essential; impacts of program design on different population subgroups vary greatly; quality of implementation matters greatly; and results take time. Priorities for the future are strategies to address the economic and social landscape of opportunity, improve the design and delivery of skill-related interventions, and improve community-level partnerships. (Contains 208 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Education Work Relationship, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Futures (of Society), Job Skills, Job Training, Lifelong Learning, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.