May 29, 2013

Advancing Academic Achievement Through Career Relevance in the Middle Grades: A Longitudinal Evaluation of CareerStart

May 29, 2013

M.E. Woolley et al American Educational Research Journal pp1-27 May 2013 Woolley et al (2013) evaluate the long-term impact of the CareerStart programme, an instructional programme that introduces career-focused education into the middle school curriculum, on achievement scores and well-being among participating students in the United States. They find that CareerStart has a significant positive […]

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May 23, 2013

Young People’s Career Expectations and their Impact on the Transition to Adulthood

May 23, 2013

This seminar focused on the relationship between aspirations and school to work transitions for young people. Abstract: This paper examined the antecedents and long term outcomes of teenage career aspirations. What are the expectations young people have regarding their educational and occupational pathways? Have these aspirations changed over time? What are the predictors of teenage […]

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April 24, 2013

Comparative Research into the Experiences of Vocational Learners Across Seven European Countries

April 24, 2013

This seminar presented the findings of the 7EU project to inform the policy discussion on vocational education in the UK. Abstract: The 7EU project is a pioneering attempt to investigate and compare the learning experiences of vocational learners across Europe. The research is intended to provide a European and comparative perspective to discussions about practice […]

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March 19, 2013

Nothing in Common: The Career Aspirations of Young Britons Mapped Against Projected Labour Market Demand 2010-2020

March 19, 2013

By Dr Anthony Mann (Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers), David Massey (UKCES), Peter Glover (UKCES), Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel (Research Analyst, Education and Employers) and James Dawkins (Research Analyst, Education and Employers). A report in the Taskforce’s Occasional Research Papers series in collaboration with b-live and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. The report maps the career aspirations of 10,729 British teenagers […]

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February 14, 2013

“Not girly, not sexy, not glamorous”: primary school girls’ and parents’ constructions of science aspirations

February 14, 2013

Louise Archer et al in Pedagogy, Culture and Society 21:1 (2013) pp.171-194 Archer et al investigate discourses surrounding popular femininity and the importance of social background and social capital in career aspirations and educational or vocational attainment, in relation to science and STEM aspirations. The perception that science is a field for white, middle class […]

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April 26, 2012

The Effect of Early Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Randomised Field Experiment

April 26, 2012

L.R. Huber, R. Sloof and M. Van Praag, Institute for the Study of Labour, Discussion Paper Series  Huber et al (2012) evaluate the short-term impact of BizWorld, a global entrepreneurship education programme for primary aged children, on the development of cognitive and non-cognitive entrepreneurial skills and entrepreneurial intentions among primary school children in the Netherlands. […]

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April 21, 2012

Work Experience: Impact and Delivery – Insights from the Evidence

April 21, 2012

This report published by the Education and Employers Taskforce presents findings from recent research, considered by the charity’s 2011 Working Group on Work Experience, on the value of work experience to young people within the contexts of: clarifying career aspirations, getting into university, academic attainment and employment. It also examines the quality of work experience […]

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November 16, 2011

Young People’s Career Aspirations

November 16, 2011

This seminar discussed the useful insights that can be learnt from studying young people’s aspirations. Abstract: Drawing on an ongoing, five year longitudinal study (funded by the ESRC) of young people’s science aspirations from age 10-14, the paper highlighted some of the key factors that influence and shape young people’s aspirations. Examples were drawn from the first […]

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September 7, 2011

Work-Related Courses in a Canadian Province – How Teachers and Students create a Culture of Vocationalism

September 7, 2011

This seminar focused on the lessons to be learnt from vocational education programmes in Canada. Abstract: What makes a course vocational? This seminar discussed the vocational aspects of the curriculum of five work-related programmes in a school board in Canada. Central to the seminar was a consideration of the concept of vocationalism and the work-related […]

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April 22, 2011

Girls’ Career Aspirations

April 22, 2011

A report by Ofsted Despite the fact that girls tend to outperform boys academically at school, this does not relate to the success of women in the labour market in terms of either careers or pay. In particular, women are much less likely to work in science, engineering and technology sectors than men. Between June […]

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