ERIC Number: EJ717860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 63
"Re-Culturing" Students and Selling Futures: School-to-Work Policy in Ontario
Journal of Education and Work, v18 n3 p321-340 Sep 2005
This paper situates recent school-to-work transition policy in Ontario, Canada, within the historical context of secondary school reform in the past 50 years. This understanding informs our analysis of interviews with representatives from government, business, organised labour, education and partnership brokers. Data suggest tensions between the rhetoric of corporatism and the reality of a market model, the rhetoric of enhancing opportunities for all students and the reality of lower graduation rates associated with new curriculum. We argue that these tensions reflect historical and continuing struggles around education and training and the adoption of neo-liberal policy approaches that decrease rather than enhance opportunities for non-college-bound students.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Graduation Rate, Public Policy, Transitional Programs, Educational Policy, Noncollege Bound Students, Policy Formation, Secondary Education, Educational History, Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada