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ERIC Number: EJ895511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
The Contradictory Location of High School Apprenticeship in Canada
Taylor, Alison
Journal of Education Policy, v25 n4 p503-517 Jul 2010
Recent education policies focus on making youth pathways more transparent while addressing skills shortage. However, there appears to be ambivalence about the target audience for "new vocational" programmes in secondary schools and how they should be organized. This paper begins from the observation that Canadian policy-makers, like those in other countries, have shown increasing interest in bringing vocational and academic tracks into closer alignment. However, drawing on empirical data from a number of case studies of high school apprenticeship, we argue that persistent tensions in educational policy and practice can be explained by the legacy of the historical development of high school vocational education, the ambivalent position of vocational education in the "knowledge-based economy" and the competing interests of different partners. We conclude that greater awareness of the distributional issues that underlie vocational education policies is needed. (Contains 1 table and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada