ERIC Number: ED462600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Earning and Learning: A Local Study of Part-Time Paid Work among 14-19 Year Olds. Report.
Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken
The role of part-time employment among disaffected and mainstream 14- to 16-year-olds and 16- to 19-year-olds in full-time education in the Kingswood area of South Gloucestershire, England, was examined. Data were gathered through the following activities: (1) a survey of approximately 2,000 youths from 6 schools and 1 further education college; (2) individual interviews with 50 young people; and (3) informal group interviews with teachers and careers officers. The incidence of part-time employment and number of hours worked per week increased with age. Overall, a limited amount of part-time work appeared beneficial for most, if not all, young people. Most of the youths appeared to strike a balance between paid work and school. The following groups were identified: (1) excluded underachievers (they wanted a part-time job but could not find one); (2) discouraged workers (they remained in school for lack of other options); (3) educationally focused nonworkers (they deliberately chose not to work but to instead focus on school or other interests); (4) busy aspirants (they worked but were also focused on school); and (5) higher education waverers (they enrolled in post-16 education but were not dedicated to education progression). Disaffected 14- to 16-year-olds tend to suffer exclusion from the youth labor market and need the assistance of schools and careers offices to transition to working life. (The following items are appended: Kingswood Consortium letter; questionnaire; interview questions; and analysis of the questionnaire responses.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Articulation (Education), Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Design, Definitions, Disadvantaged Youth, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Influences, Foreign Countries, Full Time Students, Income, Influences, Late Adolescents, Part Time Employment, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Student Employment, Surveys, Work Attitudes, Youth Employment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)