February 15, 2016

Book Review: Our Kids by Robert Putnam

February 15, 2016

Book Review: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam, New York: Simon & Schuster By Rachael McKeown Robert Putnam is a world renowned social scientist, famously publishing on the decline of civic engagement within American society and elevating the topic of social capital within policy circles. In his book Bowling Alone […]

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January 15, 2016

International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training: 21 and 22 July 2016

January 15, 2016

What difference does it make when employers work with education and training providers?  How can employer engagement best be delivered? Conference presentations and videos Conference programme Conference abstracts Conference speakers Delegate list Conference pictures Read our conference blog This joint conference hosted by the Education and Employers Charity and the Edge Foundation, with support from the […]

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January 14, 2016

‘The impact of financial and cultural capital on FE students’ education and employment progression’

January 14, 2016

Emma Norris & Becky Francis In Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence, Mann, A., Stanley, J. & Archer, L. (eds), London: Routledge (2014), pp.127-139. The book is available here. This chapter draws upon notions of social (in)equality and economic (dis)advantage to discuss how the career outcomes of young people are shaped by cultural […]

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January 6, 2016

‘Careers education in a primary school’

January 6, 2016

Gothard, W.P. In Pastoral Care, 16(3), pp.36-41 (1998). The article is available here. Research within careers education in the primary setting has been sparse. This observational study assesses the impact of a ‘Careers Week’ event held within a single primary school in the South-East of England in June 1997. The annual event involves parents talking […]

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December 17, 2015

‘Ambition gone awry: The long-term socioeconomic consequences of misaligned and uncertain ambitions in adolescence’

December 17, 2015

Ricardo Sabates, Angela Harris & Jeremy Staff In Social Science Quarterly, 92(4), pp.959-977 (2011). Find the article here. Arguably, UK school-to-work transitions have become more fractured as a result of declining availability of vocational routes and standardisation of the education system focused upon academic attainment. Simultaneously, research has demonstrated that youths’ employment ambitions have increased […]

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December 10, 2015

What German schools do to engage employers in education

December 10, 2015

By Birgit Reusrath (teacher) and Jürgen Parussel (Careers Teacher)  Schule – am – Hexbachtal/ Hauptschule/ Muelheim an der Ruhr/ Germany First of all, every school has a careers teacher, a person who has a special education in accompanying pupils on their way from school into the world of work. German schools have a curriculum that from […]

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December 4, 2015

‘Uncertainty in educational and career aspirations: Gender differences in young people’

December 4, 2015

Leslie Morrison Gutman, Ricardo Sabates & Ingrid Schoon. In I. School & J.S. Eccles (eds). 2014. Gender Differences in Aspirations and Attainment: A Life Course Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 161-181. The book is available here. Changes within the global labour market have resulted in more complex and fractured career and education pathways and there […]

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May 27, 2015

Scientist in Residence Program Improving Children’s Image of Science and Scientists

May 27, 2015

Larry Flick In School Science and Mathematics 90:3 (1990) pp.204-214 Much of the literature suggests that a stereotyped popular perception of scientist persists and that children are directly affected by this perception. This American study explores children’s perceptions of scientists and how the stereotype can be changed through classroom intervention. Such visits from university scientists […]

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March 6, 2015

Schools engaging with employers to fulfil statutory requirements in career guidance for KS3: opportunities and pitfalls

March 6, 2015

The Education Act 2011 handed over responsibility for the provision of careers guidance in England to schools. Schools are now required to provide ‘independent’ and ‘impartial’ career guidance to all pupils from year 8 upwards. In the past, careers work was the responsibility of local authority funded Careers Services, and from 2001-11, of Connexions, the […]

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