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Student experiences of work placement in school-based vocational programs

Smith, Peter J., Dalton, Jennifer and Dolheguy, Robyn 2004, Student experiences of work placement in school-based vocational programs, Education + training, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 262-268, doi: 10.1108/00400910410549841.

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Title Student experiences of work placement in school-based vocational programs
Author(s) Smith, Peter J.
Dalton, Jennifer
Dolheguy, Robyn
Journal name Education + training
Volume number 46
Issue number 5
Start page 262
End page 268
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0040-0912
Keyword(s) vocational training
secondary schools
employment
Summary Using a sample of 446 secondary students who had participated in a vocational education and training in school (VETiS) program, compares the experiences and perceptions of students who had undertaken a work placement with those who had not. Shows that students who had participated in work placement enjoyed the VETiS experience more than those who had not, and that the work placement had assisted them in their decision whether to stay at school or not. A factor analysis of results showed a factor associated with self-confidence about employability, and a factor associated with assistance in achieving specific post-school employment. Students who had completed a work placement were significantly higher on both these factors than students who had not. Results are consistent with other research in the field, and it is argued that the work placement experience plays a considerable part in developing student agency in the decisions and the journey that they make in their transition from school to work.
Notes This final published version is available from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0040-0912
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/00400910410549841
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Emerald Group Published Limited
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002856

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