ERIC Number: ED478872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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"I Couldn't Wait for the Day": Young Workers' Reflections on Education during the Transition to Work in the 1960s. CLMS Working Paper.
Goodwin, John; O'Connor, Henrietta
Researchers analyzed 500 never-before-analyzed interviews from a study conducted by Norbert Elias and other researchers at University of Leicester in 1962, which was one of the first studies of the transition from school to work. The Elias study explored how young people in England experienced work and adjusted their lives to the work role. All of the interviews analyzed were from males, most of whom were aged 15 and in their first jobs. About 100 were from males 16 or older, and 12 of the interviewees were in at least their fourth job. The data suggest that the workers' pre-work home and school experiences were important in their expectations and experiences of work. For the majority, school was largely negative and most wanted to leave, despite having low and negative expectations of work. Earning money was a key dimension of work, although the extent to which the young workers realized their desires to earn and spend money depended a great deal on the household allocation of resources. The data suggest that young people in the 1960s had concerns similar to present day youths' about the school to work transition. (The paper also reviews two other 1960s studies of school to work transition and contains 36 references.) (SLR)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Employer Employee Relationship, Entry Workers, Expectation, Family Role, Family Work Relationship, Field Interviews, Foreign Countries, Job Satisfaction, National Surveys, Noncollege Bound Students, Qualitative Research, School Attitudes, Secondary Education, Social History, Student Attitudes, Vocational Adjustment, Work Attitudes, Work Life Expectancy, Youth Employment
For full text: http://www.clms.le.ac.uk/publications/wkpapers/Workin_Paper33.pdf .
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council, Lancaster (England).
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