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ERIC Number: EJ941799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
Talking about Work: School Students' Views on Their Paid Employment
Hobbs, Sandy; Stack, Niamh; McKechnie, Jim; Smillie, Lynn
Children & Society, v21 n2 p123-135 Mar 2007
Seventy 15-year-old students in rural and urban Scottish schools, who had previously answered questionnaires about the extent of their part-time employment, were interviewed. Work appears to be the norm in their communities, 79 per cent having worked and most of the others anticipating working before leaving school. Although the interviewees' accounts of their jobs give some support to those who argue that most of the paid employment school students undertake is routine and boring, it was also found that most of the young workers found their work satisfying and believed that their experience of working helped to prepare them for adult life. It is proposed that research on the meaning of employment for school students should be extended and that the self-report techniques currently employed might be supplemented by observational studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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