ERIC Number: ED433463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Transfer of Classroom Skills to the Workplace.
Sporer, Hugh S.
A program was developed to improve the targeted high school students' understanding of the relationship of classroom lessons to workplace situations in their "Introduction to Technology" course. The 14 eleventh and twelfth grade students came from a community high school in a middle-class neighborhood. Results of student surveys, teacher surveys, and parent surveys made evident the problem of lack of transfer of learning. Analysis of probable cause data and research indicated that causes for the problem included outside stress, lack of motivation, and teacher's lack of emphasis. Research data also indicated a need for schools to change their curriculum from single subjects to integrated curriculum. In addition, data showed that apprenticeship implementation would be advantageous. A review of solution strategies suggested by researchers in the education field suggested that to improve the relationship between classroom lessons and the workplace, the following solutions should be implemented: curriculum change, apprenticeship programs, and teacher-lead class discussions. Strategies used in the program were guest speakers, career research projects, and classroom discussions. Assessment data (from pre- and post-intervention questionnaires, evaluation of discussions and presentations, and interviews with students) indicated that students demonstrated an improvement in their attitudes toward classroom work and the relationship it has to the workplace. (Contains 20 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.