ERIC Number: ED438970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Investing in Youth: The Nova Scotia School-to-Work Transition Project.
Thiessen, Victor; Looker, E. Dianne
Economic, technological, and social changes occurring around the world have produced incredible challenges for youth, symbolized by persistently high youth unemployment rates despite increasing educational attainments and a shrinking youth population. Chapter 1 of this book provides an overview of the initiatives undertaken by Canada and the province of Nova Scotia to address these challenges, and focuses on the Nova Scotia School-to-Work Transition (NSSWT) program. This program had a common set of parameters and objectives, but allowed site-specific variations in implementation. Chapter 2 highlights successful proposals and the similarities and the differences among the 6 actual implementations. Generally, the programs included an in-school component of 20-60 hours per year in grades 11 and 12 devoted to career exploration, career guidance, and job skills, and a work experience component of 125-200 hours per year in the 2 grades. Chapter 3 describes the backgrounds, characteristics, and aspirations of participants and a comparison group at the start of the program. Females made up about two-thirds of participants, who otherwise reflected a range of backgrounds and characteristics. Chapter 4 documents program effects and assesses the extent to which program objectives were met. Program completion rates were low; 54 and 37 percent for the two cohorts studied. Student outcomes yielded a mixed message. Participants who completed the program were very clear that it had met their expectations. However, there were few differences between participants and the comparison group in academic achievement, skills enhancement, higher education outcomes, or employment outcomes. Chapter 5 focuses on the expectations of the employers/supervisors and the schools and how they contributed, or not, to the program's functioning. Chapter 6 examines program effectiveness based on an independent assessment of the program. Appendices list primary data sources and other reports on the NSSWT project. (Contains 46 references and a glossary.) (TD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Guidance, Education Work Relationship, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, High School Students, High Schools, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, School Business Relationship, Sex Differences, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Books; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Human Resource Development Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).; Nova Scotia Dept. of Education and Culture, Halifax.
Identifiers - Location: Canada