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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June 22, 2006

Gendered Identities and Work Placement: Why Don’t Boys Care?

June 22, 2006

An article by Osgood, J., Francis, B. and Archer, L. Journal of Education Policy, 21(3), pp.305-321 This article examines the problem of persistent gender stereotyping of career roles and aspirations among young people, and the choices and educational experiences that shape this. It draws upon data from a study conducted in England for the EOC […]

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June 22, 2005

Gender Equality in Work Experience Placements for Young People

June 22, 2005

A report by the London Metropolitan University (Dr Becky Francis, Ms Jayne Osgood, Dr Jacinta Dalgety, Dr Louise Archer), commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission This report analyses the magnitude of gender differences and socio-economic bias in the uptake of work placements for various occupations, comparing its findings to national data records of gender distribution […]

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June 1, 2005

Does School-to-Work Make a Difference? Assessing Students’ Perceptions and Practices of Career-Related Skills

June 1, 2005

In Journal of Vocational Education and Training 57 (2) (2005) pp 219-236 The School-to-Work Opportunities Act in the USA was intended to help students learn employability skills and to prepare for careers or further education. Not many quantitative studies have been conducted to inform policymakers and teachers of the success of the programme. This article is […]

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January 18, 2005

How Work Experiences While at School Affect Career Pathways

January 18, 2005

National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation Programme This research analyses how work activities undertaken by Australian students while at school affect their post-school pathways into work and between work and study. It finds that work experience does help open young people’s eyes to career possibilities; that young people who had undertaken school-based New […]

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October 8, 2004

High School Career Exploration Programs: Do They Work?

October 8, 2004

In Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 86, No. 2 (Oct. 2004), pp. 135-138 Many schools find it difficult to bridge the gap between encouraging academic and vocational paths for their pupils. Under the No Child Left Behind Act in the USA, schools were required to improve academic achievement and help more students into further education or better […]

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June 19, 2003

Mentoring and Young People: A Literature Review

June 19, 2003

A report by the Scottish Council for Research in Education (SCRE) based at the University of Glasgow (John C. Hall), commissioned by the Scottish Executive Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department (SEELLD) This literature review aims to answer several key questions about mentoring: what it is, which aspects of it are or are not successful, what […]

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June 22, 2001

The Relation of a Work-Based Mentoring Program to the Academic Performance and Behaviour of African American Students

June 22, 2001

An article by Linnehan, F., in the Journal of Vocational Behavior no.59, pp.310-325 This study attempts to fill a perceived gap in academic literature regarding the effects of work-based mentoring on the academic or career-related progression for African American students. It aims to test the hypothesis that participation in a mentoring programme would correlate positively […]

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June 22, 2001

Changes in Social Capital and School-to-Work Transitions

June 22, 2001

An article by Rob Strathdee, Work, Employment and Society, 15(2) pp.311-326 In this article Strathdee focuses on the job seeking methods of a group of eleven poorly qualified male school leavers and their fathers, using semi-structured interviews to shed light on the value of social networks in school-to-work transitions in New Zealand. He takes as […]

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September 22, 2000

Disaffected Young People and the Work-Related Curriculum at KS4 – Issues of Social Capital Development and Learning as a Form Cultural Practice

September 22, 2000

A paper by Raffo, C. and Hall, D., University of Manchester (presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference, Cardiff University, 7-10 September 2000) This paper presents a sociological critique of the M-Power programme, part of the work-related curriculum aiming to re-engage ‘disaffected’ young people in education, and suggests that instead such programmes and their […]

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