ERIC Number: ED422526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
School Students in Workplaces: What Are the Benefits?
An Australian study explored assumptions underlying thinking about work experience and vocational placement programs described in the literature, documented how much they were warranted by available evidence, and examined student and employer benefits. Surveys collected data from the following: students in grades 10-12 who participated in placements in 1996; work experience and vocational placement coordinators in schools; coordinators of vocational placements; and workplace supervisors. Findings indicated that students were involved in selecting placements and making arrangements. Major responsibility for negotiating placements rested with teachers and coordinators; employers played a minimal role. Few students said they were given a list of things to do before entering the workplace; the majority of coordinators and teachers claimed students were sent into workplaces with such a list. The great majority of students received some training to prepare them for their workplace experience. About half of teachers and coordinators reported no training for their roles. Few students chose traditional trades or emerging industries as desirable vocational placement. Most students' performance was assessed, frequently by workplace supervisors. When students rated the extent to which their expectations were fulfilled, findings showed significant and high positive correlations between expectations and outcomes. The majority of all respondents believed the workplace experience was worthwhile and had definite benefits. (Contains 12 references. Appendixes include survey instruments and results.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Job Placement, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Student Attitudes, Student Employment, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Teacher Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia