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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April 22, 2009

Young People Omnibus: Wave 15 – A Research Study on Work-Related Learning Among 11-16 Year Olds on Behalf of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)

April 22, 2009

A report by Ipsos MORI, commissioned by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) This study aimed to discover what kind of work-related learning (WRL) pupils were receiving in English schools; how they perceived different types of WRL; which pupil categories learners thought should be taught about jobs and working life (e.g. all pupils, those leaving […]

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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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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, 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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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 22, 2004

Work-Related Learning Baseline Study

June 22, 2004

A report by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) Prior to the September 2004 introduction of the statutory requirement that all Key Stage 4 (KS4) pupils in English schools should experience some work-related learning (WRL), the QCA undertook a baseline study to elicit attitudes of students and teachers towards WRL, prevailing structure and provision of […]

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