ERIC Number: ED469916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Work Experience and Work Placements in Secondary School Education. Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. Research Report.
A study examined student participation in work experience and workplace learning programs using 1996 and 1997 data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth on a cohort first sampled in 1995 when students were in year 9. Findings related to work experience programs revealed few differences between students who took part in work experience and those who did not; participation was widespread in most states; girls were slightly more likely to participate; most students participated in the programs for 1 or 2 weeks; and students with part-time jobs who participated in work experience saw the job as more useful for general employment skills. Findings related to workplace learning programs indicated school participation in the programs continued to rise; school provision was highest in the government sector and lowest in the independent school sector; a high proportion of schools provided a workplace learning program, but student participation was not as widespread; non-English-speaking-background students were much less likely to participate; year 11 students most likely to participate were those who lived in rural or remote areas, whose parents did not complete secondary school, and who were employed in skilled trades or unskilled occupations; students in the programs were more likely to be those who achieved lower literacy and numeracy levels in Year 9. (Contain 21 references, 14 tables, and 3 figures.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Job Placement, Longitudinal Studies, Non English Speaking, Parent Background, Part Time Employment, Rural Areas, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Student Characteristics, Student Employment, Student Participation, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Victoria.
Identifiers - Location: Australia