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ERIC Number: ED508393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting Activities: Making the Workplace a Learning Place. Education Research Brief
Westrich, Keith; Leonard, Jennifer
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Connecting Activities was launched more than ten years ago to expose students to the world of work and help them see the relationship between what they are learning in school and their career aspirations. By linking education to worksite learning experiences, Connecting Activities provides a real-world context for teaching a more relevant curriculum. Connecting Activities is integral to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's student support strategies related to dropout prevention and student engagement, particularly for those students who are at risk of not earning their Competency Determination. It also plays a key role in the Department's college and career readiness agenda. Connecting Activities serves students across the state, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and low-income students, particularly from urban high schools. When students recognize the connection between their schooling and the impact that it has on their success in the workforce, they tend to become more focused and engaged learners. Research on dropout prevention shows that one of the most common reasons that students give for leaving school is that their classes are not interesting and that access to more real-world learning opportunities would have improved their chances of graduating. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures and 12 footnotes.)
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023. Tel: 800-439-2370; Tel: 781-338-3000; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts