ERIC Number: ED452901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-11
Community College Students' Perspectives on Schooling and Scientific Work.
Ryken, Amy E.
This document compares Tech Prep and School-to-Work initiatives with the Berkeley Biotechnology Education, Inc. (BBEI) community college biotechnology education and training program. The primary goals of the three programs are: (1) Tech Prep links high schools with community colleges; (2) School-to-Work connects school-based learning with work-based learning to prepare students for roles in the workplace and integrate academic and vocational education; and (3) BBEI prepares students for technical positions in bioscience and for postsecondary education. A cohort of 27 BBEI students were studied; five of these students were selected for additional in-depth interviews. Results included: (1) through experiences in the three different settings--high school, community college, and laboratory workplaces--students learned that each setting had different expectations; (2) students had a sense of a range of educational and career options available, and said that they were able to make choices between these options; (3) work-based learning and school-based learning complement each other, but connections between the two settings cannot be assumed, and programs must be designed to make the connections clear; and (4) the expectations of both teachers and supervisors pushed students to make sense of multiple expectations that differed across school and work settings. (Contains 20 references.) (CJW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).