Work experience schemes were becoming an ever more central part of the curriculum in secondary schools in the early 1980s; indeed, ‘work’ had become a new subject in many. Fundamental changes in the nature of work and in its distribution and availability for school leavers made it particularly important that young people had experience of the kinds of work that may have awaited them in the outside world. A wide range of schemes were developed to meet this need, including work study, simulation, link courses and pairing. Yet schools and their teachers found it difficult to obtain information about these schemes and their results. This book, originally published in 1982, solved the problem by bringing together accounts from Britain, Australia, Ireland and the USSR, with an extended editorial introduction which examines both the reasons for providing work experience in schools and the underlying social economic issues.
Table of Contents
Contributors. Introduction. 1. Work Experience and Schooling John Eggleston 2. Two Approaches to Work Experience at Netherhall and Comberton Schools, Cambridge Brenda Hall and Roger Davies 3. A First Experience of Work Experience at Long Road Sixth Form College, Camberley Helen E. Parry 4. Transition Year Programmes in the Republic of Ireland – A Case Study of Newpark School, Dublin John Harris 5. Bush Telegraph – Work Experience in Educational Theatre Margo Gunn, Alastair Moir and Roger White 6. Design and Manufacture Projects at Orangefield School, Belfast Mervyn Douglas 7. A Chemical Company at Ynysawdre Comprehensive School E. T. Naughton 8. Case Studies in Work Experience at Marion High School, South Australia B.D. Hannaford 9. Work Experience in Soviet and East European Schools Nigel Grant. Index.