A Foot in both camps: School students and workplaces

Annette Green, Erica Smith

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    It is now uncommon for young people to leave school without having had experience in workplaces. Sometimes such experience is arranged by schools ' through work experience, structured work placements or other programs. Increasingly young people are also getting into the workplace experience as part-time student workers. This experience may be quite extensive. A research project funded by the National Research and Evaluation Committee has been examining the different types of learning experienced by students in the different modes of experiencing the workplace. The project also examined the question of whether certain students find access to such experiences more difficult than others do. These questions are of vital importance because workplace experience assists young people in their transition from school to full-time work; and also because the foundations for lifelong learning through work may be set down in early workplace experiences. It is therefore essential to have something understanding of the nature, extent and methods of workplace learning for school students. This paper presents the findings related to the extent and nature of school students' learning in the workplace, a significant proportion of the project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-24
    Number of pages10
    JournalEducation in Rural Australia
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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