ERIC Number: ED455444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-22
Schooling in the Workplace: Increasing the Scale and Quality of Work-Based Learning. Final Report.
Haimson, Joshua; Bellotti, Jeanne
As part of the National Evaluation of School-to-Work implementation based on the School-to-Work Opportunities Act (STWOA) of 1994, a study used student surveys and site visits in eight states to determine types and numbers of student participation in work-based activities and the quality of internships that students obtain through school. The findings include the following: (1) most students participate in brief worksite observation activities, and these activities appear to be growing; (2) extended internships involve fewer students and do not appear to have increased; (3) work-based activities attract a diverse mix of students, with female students more likely than males to participate; (4) noncollege-bound students are more likely to obtain paid internships, while college-bound students are more likely to secure unpaid internships; (5) students find internships and job-shadowing experiences helpful in clarifying career goals; (6) schools' paid and unpaid internships are more diverse and offer more learning opportunities than the positions students find on their own; and (7) there is a mixed pattern of changes in students' experiences of paid and unpaid internships. Recommendations to enhance work-based learning opportunities include connecting work-based activities more closely with the school curriculum; developing internships that involve a moderate amount of time at the workplace; developing workplace activities in settings that appeal to male students; and increasing public appreciation of the potential benefits of work-based learning. (Contains 11 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Blacks, Career Development, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Females, Internship Programs, Males, Noncollege Bound Students, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Whites, Work Experience Programs
For full text: http://www.stw.ed.gov/products/download/3006.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994