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ERIC Number: ED515673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-22
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
The Effectiveness of Work-Experience Programs in Canadian High Schools. Lessons in Learning
Canadian Council on Learning
Work-experience programs, which are commonplace in most Canadian high schools, are designed to enhance learning for students while providing them with the opportunity to explore their career options. Current research on the effectiveness of such programs suggests that they have a number of important benefits, from improved self-esteem to increased motivation, but there is little evidence that they contribute to improved academic achievement. The research on such programs has identified a number of lessons for making them as effective as possible. These lessons are: (1) Care needs to be taken when matching students to placements; (2) Assign a dedicated coordinator to oversee the program to ensure its success; (3) Develop a "contract" between the employer and the student that sets out reasonable expectations for each party; and (4) Prepare students in advance.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Council on Learning
Identifiers - Location: Canada