ERIC Number: EJ695839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 11
Student Experiences of Work Placement in School-Based Vocational Programs
Smith, Peter J.; Dalton, Jennifer; Dolheguy, Robyn
Education + Training, v46 n5 p262-268 2004
Using a sample of 446 secondary students who had participated in a vocational education and training in school VETiS program, compares the experiences and perceptions of students who had undertaken a work placement with those who had not. Shows that students who had participated in work placement enjoyed the VETiS experience more than those who had not, and that the work placement had assisted them in their decision whether to stay at school or not. A factor analysis of results showed a factor associated with self-confidence about employability, and a factor associated with assistance in achieving specific post-school employment. Students who had completed a work placement were significantly higher on both these factors than students who had not. Results are consistent with other research in the field, and it is argued that the work placement experience plays a considerable part in developing student agency in the decisions and the journey that they make in their transition from school to work.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Vocational Education, Factor Analysis, Work Experience Programs, Education Work Relationship, Secondary School Students, Employment, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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