June 22, 2010

Is Science Me? High School Students’ Identities, Participation and Aspirations in Science, Engineering and Medicine

June 22, 2010

A report by P.R. Aschbacker, E. Li and E.J. Roth, Journal of Research in Science Teaching 47: 564-82 The article describes the findings of a study based on interviews over three years with 33 high school students in California to investigate the role of ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic background in shaping students’ motivations, persistence and […]

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June 21, 2010

Key Stage 2 Career-Related Learning: Pathfinder Evaluation

June 21, 2010

A report by Pauline Wade, Caroline Bergeron, Karen White, David Teeman, David Sims and Palak Mehta, NFER This report evaluates the Pathfinder pilot, a programme run that was across seven local authorities in 2010 to enable pupils to learn about career options available to them. The programme included workplace visits, in-school career insight talks with […]

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June 22, 2009

Composition Matters: Multi-Context Informal Mentoring Networks for Low-Income Urban Adolescent Girls Pursuing Healthcare Careers

June 22, 2009

An article by Packard, B.W., Kim, G.J., Sicley, M., and Piontkowski, S., in Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 17:2, pp 187-200 Packard et al investigate the way in which mentoring networks influence teenage girls in choosing healthcare as a potential career. The authors find that girls who are from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit greatly from […]

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June 22, 2009

Informal Mentors and Education: Complementary or Compensatory Resources?

June 22, 2009

A report by Lance D. Erickson, Steve McDonald and Glen H. Elder, Jr. Sociology of Education 82: 344-67 This article gives findings from a study of the effect of informal mentoring on the educational attainment of adolescents and relates this to inequalities in socio-economic background and personal, interactional and environmental resources upon which young people […]

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June 19, 2009

Time to Read – A Ten Year Review

June 19, 2009

A report by Michael Arlow, commissioned by Business in the Community The Time to Read programme recruits volunteers from business to give children from deprived backgrounds one-to-one help with literacy skills. This review uses several evaluations and surveys to assess whether the programme has made a contribution to the development of children. The report brings […]

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March 18, 2009

Employee Volunteering and Social Capital: Contributions to Corporate Social Responsibility

March 18, 2009

A report by Muthri, J,N., Matten, D. and Moon, J., in the British Journal of Management, 20(1), pp.75-89 This report describes research into the ways social capital is generated and maintained within Employee Volunteering (EV) schemes, situating their observations within broader debates about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The authors frame their findings using models of […]

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June 22, 2008

Career Academies: Long-Term Impacts on Labor Market Outcomes, Educational Attainment and Transitions to Adulthood

June 22, 2008

A report by MDRC (James J. Kemple and Cynthia J. Willner) The US Career Academy programme, delivered within some 2,500 high schools across the country, works in active partnership with employers, tailors curricula around career themes and teaches in smaller student groups. Public policy research agency MDRC has been evaluating nine high schools since 1993. […]

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January 21, 2008

The Work Experience Placements of Secondary School Students: Widening Horizons or Reproducing Social Inequality?

January 21, 2008

A report by Hatcher, R. and Le Gallais, T., Birmingham City University This report examines whether the distribution of work experience (WEX) placements among secondary school age students is differentiated by class and gender, the processes by which this may occur and whether this therefore impacts on the widening of students’ horizons and future employment […]

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June 21, 2007

Informal Mentoring and Young Adult Employment

June 21, 2007

A report by McDonald, S, Erikson, L.D, Kirkpatrick Johnson, M. and Elder, G.H. Social Science Research 36: 1328-47 This article gives findings from a study of the effect of informal mentoring on the educational attainment of adolescents and relates this to inequalities in socio-economic background and personal, interactional and environmental resources upon which young people […]

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August 22, 2006

Disadvantaged Young People Accessing the New Urban Economies of the Post-Industrial City

August 22, 2006

An article by Carl Raffo, Journal of Education Policy, 21(1), pp.75-94 Raffo seeks to explain the growing polarization between an emerging post-industrial service base and high skill city economy, and the continuing educational and socio-economic underachievement of marginalised urban young people who struggle to access these changing labour markets. Raffo pulls together findings from four research […]

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