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Developing student agency through VET in schools: the role of structured work placements

Smith, Peter and Dalton, Jennifer 2004, Developing student agency through VET in schools: the role of structured work placements, in Learner and practitioner: the heart of the matter. The seventh Australian VET Research Association Conference was held 17-19 March 2004 Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort, Canberra, Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, Crows Nest, N.S.W., pp. 1-11.

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Title Developing student agency through VET in schools: the role of structured work placements
Author(s) Smith, Peter
Dalton, Jennifer
Conference name Australian VET Research Association Conference (7th : 2004 : Canberra, A.C.T.)
Conference location Canberra, A.C.T.
Conference dates 17 - 19 March 2004
Title of proceedings Learner and practitioner: the heart of the matter. The seventh Australian VET Research Association Conference was held 17-19 March 2004 Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort, Canberra
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2004
Conference series Australian VET Research Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 11
Publisher Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association
Place of publication Crows Nest, N.S.W.
Summary Using a sample of 446 secondary students who had participated in a vocational education and training in school (VETiS) program, this study compares the experiences and perceptions of students who had undertaken a work placement with those who had not. The study 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.

These 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.
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Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2003 AVETRA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005564

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