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ERIC Number: ED526789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 224
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-6125-0112-3
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Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World's Best Vocational Education Systems Prepare Young People for Jobs and Life
Hoffman, Nancy
Harvard Education Press
Which non-American education systems best prepare young people for fulfilling jobs and successful adult lives? And what can the United States--where far too many young people currently enter adulthood without adequate preparation for the twenty-first-century job market--learn, adopt, and adapt from these other systems? In "Schooling in the Workplace", Nancy Hoffman addresses these questions head on, arguing that "the smartest and quickest route to a wide variety of occupations for the majority of young people in the successful countries--not a default for failing students--is a vocational program that integrates work and learning." As she notes, the programs that successfully integrate work and learning all share a fundamental commitment to helping young people find successful careers: "The purpose is not "college for all," as in the United States today, but rather to provide the education and training young people need to prepare for a career or calling." "Schooling in the Workplace" explores the vocational education programs in a wide range of countries, focusing in rich and useful detail on six in particular: Australia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland. Framing these discussions, however, is a persistent focus on American circumstances and challenges. Far more than a survey of six "foreign" programs, this is a book prompted by and organized around the policy and practical challenges facing the United States. [Foreword by Stanley S. Litow.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Austria; Germany; Netherlands; Switzerland; United States