ERIC Number: ED454435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Informal Vocational Learning Experiences of Young People: Some Research Findings. Working Paper.
The informal vocational learning experiences of 13 young Australians preparing for the transition from school to work were examined. At the time of their interview, all 13 youths were students at a hybrid educational site in the Sydney metropolitan area that allows students to combine general education with vocational qualifications and experience in the workplace. The youths responded to an advertisement for research volunteers who had a clear vocational goal and believed they were engaging in activities designed to increase their opportunities for gaining employment in their desired area. Although the respondents' stories reflected a wide range of patterns of activities, they also contained several similarities. All students interviewed had changed their place of education at the end of year 10, and all chose to transfer to an educational institution offering a hybrid approach to postcompulsory education and training. All were aware of the importance and desirability of preparing for a range of career options. Despite being vocationally goal-oriented, many participants were unable or unwilling to articulate anything but a vague concept of "pathway." All participants had workplace experience in their area of vocational interest, and all considered exposure to work in their chosen industry a valuable experience. (Contains 24 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Case Studies, Course Selection (Students), Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Literature Reviews, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes, Work Experience
For full text: http://www.uts.edu.au/fac/edu/rcvet/working%20papers/0007Bye.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