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ERIC Number: EJ898084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2719
Accelerating Advancement in School and Work
Pennington, Hilary
Brookings Papers on Education Policy, p339-376 2003
The past decade has seen explosive growth in diverse learning options for young people, including new schools, vouchers, charter laws, and distance learning and dual-enrollment options that are blurring the lines between secondary and postsecondary institutions. The ways in which students move across and between the institutions of work and learning differ dramatically from what the systems originally assumed. One could argue that the United States already is creating multiple pathways to adulthood for its adolescents. This paper has three purposes: first, to demonstrate why improving young people's transition to college and careers must be central to high school reform efforts, and how achieving this will require a fundamental restructuring of the secondary education system toward more deliberate variation in pedagogy, time, and institutional arrangements; second, to identify emerging strategies for such a restructuring; and third, to highlight the policy challenges involved in bringing such approaches to meaningful scale. The author recommends a restructuring of secondary and postsecondary education through a system of multiple pathways to college. In addition, she maintains that this restructuring must be accompanied by clear, uniform standards for all pathways that prepare young people well for college or careers, and must build upon reform strategies such as personalization, relevance, and flexible time for graduation. Comments by Sheila E. Murray and Marc Tucker are included. (Contains 1 figure and 29 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States