ERIC Number: ED431102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-21
Competition or Complementarity between Work and School: Some Insights from High School Students.
Stern, David; Briggs, Derek
The question of how some high school students succeed in reconciling school and work was examined through a review of research on the topic. Special attention was paid to the comments made by students responding to the National Center for Research in Vocational Education's longitudinal study that followed approximately 1,500 students in high schools and two-year colleges from fall 1988 through spring 1992. When asked to compare work (paid or unpaid) and school, some students saw school and work as mutually reinforcing, whereas others did not. The question of the relative importance of school and work elicited a continuum of responses, ranging from the view that jobs are valuable only as a way to make money but school is more valuable to the view that jobs are more valuable than school. The intermediate position was that both school and work have value because they demand responsibility and develop various capacities. A number of students acknowledged that combining school and work requires careful management of time. Most students indicated that parents' education is not the only factor influencing students' decision to attend college. Students' own opinions of the relative value of school and work are also important. (Contains 17 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).