Work Experience Programmes in Commonwealth Secondary Schools

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Zellynne D. Jennings
01 Jan 1987
9781848594241 (PDF)
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  • The Thrust Towards Linking Education in Commonwealth Countries

    Work experience programmes are an outgrowth both of a thrust towards making schools' curricula more relevant to the needs, interests and aspirations of young people and of attempts to make schools' curricula respond more directly to the needs of national economies by giving young people skills which are readily usable in the labour market. It is not surprising that the era in which these programmes have blossomed, particularly in developing countries, is one in which these countries' economies have been on the decline.

  • Work Experience: Rationale and Programme Objectives

    Throughout the Commonwealth 'work experience' has been interpreted in many different ways. Described as 'a unique gift to the current educational thought of India', it has been defined there as a method of integrating education with work where the accent is on education and not work: 'Work experience is not just education plus work, nor integration of work with education. Education is the fundamental aim and it has to be integrated with work.

  • Work Experience in Schools: Case Studies

    In this chapter, case studies will be presented of schools in Africa and the Caribbean which have programmes that expose students to actual situations on the school premises, be it in course of the study of practical subjects or as part of an arrangement in which a socially and economically meaningful component of education or training is integrated with one of production.

  • Work Experience Off School Premises: Case Studies

    In this chapter, case studies will be presented of work experience which involves students in community or voluntary services or on-the-job experience in industry or business enterprises. Examples will be drawn from the Caribbean, Australia and England.

  • Conclusions

    The lack of evaluation studies creates a difficulty in making conclusive statements about work experience programmes. Admittedly, in some countries (e.g. Guyana and Jamaica) detailed criteria for assessment of students on work experience have been worked out. These are supplemented by summative evaluation forms completed by employers.

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