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ERIC Number: ED411417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Work-Based Learning. ERIC Digest No. 187.
Naylor, Michele
Work-based learning may occur in the following forms: contracted instruction; cooperative education; school-to-apprenticeship; registered apprenticeship; career exploration; service learning; career internships; career academies; school-based enterprises; and clinical experience programs. The following are key components of work-based learning programs: planned program of job training and experiences; paid work experience; workplace mentoring; instruction in general workplace competencies; and broad instruction in all aspects of industry. Recruiting sufficient numbers of employers willing to commit to the high level of employer involvement implicit in work-based learning and ensuring that worksite learning is of high quality are the most important challenges in developing programs linking school- and work-based learning. Employer involvement in work-based learning may be encouraged through a multifaceted approach that considers employers' capabilities and short-term interests and offers employers several possible paths of involvement and degrees of commitment. After a work-based learning program has been designed, its school and worksite components will require continuous coordination and management. At the secondary level, those tasks are best handled by school-to-work coordinators. At the postsecondary level, work-based learning programs may be based on a mix of work-based learning models and pedagogical approaches and a combination of personalized documentation and standardized performance-based competency profiles. (Contains 17 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.