ERIC Number: ED454432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Making Pathways: Young People and Their Informal Vocational Learning. Discussion Paper. Working Paper.
Current research into youth transitions in Australia documents an increasingly individualized process in which significant numbers of youths are deemed at risk of not making a successful transition from school to work. Many theorists are questioning the applicability of the linear model of transition to current conditions. Other theorists are questioning whether the model was ever applicable to all students (especially "nonmainstream" students). The literature also documents the perceived failure of policy in ensuring successful transitions through recognized "pathways" of vocational learning and experience. It may be argued that, by broadening their focus to include the informal vocational experiences young people initiate and the type of learning that occurs in such instances, educational researchers may provide useful insights into how young people experience the transition process and how they seek to position themselves in the youth labor market. Research on this area is being conducted as part of the Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training's national key center program supported by the Australian National Training Authority. It is hoped that this research will shed new light on the increasingly complex transition process experienced by noncollege-bound young people and help policymakers devise more effective policies to assist this transition. (Contains 22 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, High Risk Students, Informal Education, Labor Market, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Literature Reviews, Models, National Programs, Noncollege Bound Students, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Utilization, Secondary Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Vocational Education, Youth Employment
For full text: http://www.uts.edu.au/fac/edu/rcvet/working%20papers/WP0001Bye.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Technology Univ.-Sydney, Broadway (Australia). Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia