The land of Narnia or just the back of the wardrobe? What research tells us about the real world of work for young people.

Erica Smith

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    Abstract

    This paper challenges many assumptions made about the nature of entry into working life. Using the findings of the author's national research projects carried out over a period of eight years, as well as labour market data, the paper shows that the majority of young people have a realistic view of the labour market, hold sufficient skills to succeed, and are able to select from a range of jobs; transition to full-time working life is effected seamlessly over a period of several years with no major difficulties. 'The world of work', rather than being a strange land, difficult to enter, where battles are fought and special guides are needed, is a familiar and navigable place to young people; they need no magic shields, swords and arrows to cope with it. The real danger in the fear of the White Witch is the effects that the false fear may have upon school policies and practices. School curriculum is constantly being challenged and sometimes amended at the behest of lobby groups and politicians to mould young people better for the supposed 'needs of the workplace'; the papers argues that this is not just dangerous but also unnecessary.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEngaging pedagogies
    Subtitle of host publicationAustralian Association for Research in Education conference
    EditorsPeter Jeffery
    Place of PublicationVictoria, Australia
    PublisherAARE
    Pages1-14p (smi06489)
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventAustralian Association for Research in Education conference - Adelaide, SA. Australia, Australia
    Duration: 26 Nov 200630 Nov 2006

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralian Association for Research in Education conference
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period26/11/0630/11/06

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