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ERIC Number: ED441974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 85
Abstractor: N/A
Knowing and Doing: Connecting Learning & Work.
Allen, Lili; Hogan, Christopher J.; Steinberg, Adria
The skills needed to do well in life are different from the skills needed to do well in school. Bringing the skills needed for life and work into the curriculum and pedagogy of high schools is one of the major challenges of this era of school reform. Drawing on examples of effective teaching and learning, this book addresses the question of how educators can construct schoolwork to be more like real work. The book is organized in three chapters. The first chapter portrays two different yet complementary approaches used by school-to-career reformers to situate learning in real-world contexts and to give high school students opportunities to learn in the company of adults. Taken together, field-based investigation and internships constitute a broadened definition of work-based learning. Chapter 1 describes what each of these approaches looks like in practice, offering a sampling of tools that other schools and partnerships could use and discussing some of the challenges involved. Chapter 2 offers a framework for teachers to use in developing high quality student projects. Portraits of several schools illustrate what this framework looks like in practice. Chapter 3 looks at what is involved in schools becoming more open systems, working in concert with parents, community, and business partners to create rich learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. The key role of both policy and professional development is discussed in relation to meeting quality standards. An appendix provides sample project tools and templates. (KC)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.; Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
Note: Draws upon learning from Jobs for the Future's Benchmark Communities Initiative funded in part by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.