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ERIC Number: EJ785969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Taking a Straightforward Detour: Learning and Labour Market Participation in the German Apprenticeship System
Behrens, Martina; Pilz, Matthias; Greuling, Oliver
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v60 n1 p93-104 Mar 2008
In Germany, the group of young people with the most extended transition from school to work are those achieving higher education entrance qualifications ("Abitur"), then serving an apprenticeship in the German "dual system" and later pursuing higher education. On the basis of three Anglo-German comparative studies, this article highlights the factors influencing the young people's choice to enter the dual system, such as strong social support by relevant persons (e.g. family members) and a distinct self-esteem and self-concept. It is pointed out that those entering the dual system are more risk-averse than other students with higher education entrance qualifications. It can be shown that many of those who start to study after the apprenticeship choose subjects based on the occupational field they have been trained in. (Contains 3 figures, 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany