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ERIC Number: ED429194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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An Assessment of School-to-Work Transition in a Vocational and Technical High School in Ankara, Turkey.
Olkun, Sinan; Simsek, Hasan
The school-to-work transition process of a vocational-technical high school in Ankara, Turkey was assessed from the perspectives of graduates and employers. Data were collected through interviews with 126 of the school's graduates and 18 of their employers. Results showed that in students' vocational choice, future employment anxiety was more influential than their abilities and interests. Graduates primarily preferred to attend higher education rather than to start work because of poor working conditions in the related labor markets. Overall, 60 percent of graduates were not in the field for which they were trained; however, there are considerable differences with respect to occupational branches. Such occupational branches as lathe, metal work, and furniture and decoration are no longer attractive for students, whereas some electronics and computer-related branches are continuing to attract students. The study concluded that it may be too early for students to choose a career immediately after middle school; therefore, secondary vocational education should be reconsidered. If training institutions would conduct research activities in the labor market it could be very helpful for establishing a more responsive education and training system. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Ankara)