ERIC Number: ED478421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Institutional Context of School to Work Transition in Saudi Arabia.
Wiseman, Alexander W.; Alromi, Naif H.
Using questionnaire data collected in 2000 from 524 senior general high school students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, researchers explored the gap between national development goals and student educational interests. They analyzed the relationship between available curriculum and student perceptions of the curriculum's ability to prepare them for the awaiting labor market. Some of the findings are as follows: only 22.6% of students agreed that the general high school curriculum prepared them to work in the labor market, whereas 70.7% agreed that students should have some training before graduation to help them succeed; up to 82% of students did not feel that their high schools provided information about post-high school opportunities; and most students relied upon sources of information other than their high schools to find out about post-high school opportunities. Findings suggest that the vocational curriculum geared towards relieving unemployment in Saudi Arabia does not meet student needs and expectations of their place in the labor market. The dominant factor in the Saudi Arabian context for school to work transition is the significant influences of parents and friends regarding students' post-high school career choices. (Includes 52 references, 7 tables, and 1 figure.) (Author/MO)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Education Work Relationship, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, High School Students, High Schools, Job Training, Labor Market, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Influence, Peer Influence, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education, Youth Employment
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia