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Author Hoffman, Nancy
Title Schooling in the workplace : how six of the world's best vocational education systems prepare young people for jobs and life / Nancy Hoffman
Publisher Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard Education Press, c2011
 Rodman Main Adult  372.358 H711    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 212 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Summary "Which non-American education systems best prepare young people for fulfilling jobs and successful adult lives? And what can the United States--where far too many young people currently enter adulthood without adequate preparation for the twenty-first-century job market--learn, adopt, and adapt from these other systems? More in Schooling in the Workplace, Nancy Hoffman addresses these questions head on, arguing that "the smartest and quickest route to a wide variety of occupations for the majority of young people in the successful countries--not a default for failing students--is a vocational program that integrates work and learning." As she notes, the programs that successfully integrate work and learning all share a fundamental commitment to helping young people find successful careers: "The purpose is not 'college for all,' as in the United States today, but rather to provide the education and training young people need to prepare for a career or calling." Schooling in the Workplace explores the vocational education programs in a wide range of countries, focusing in rich and useful detail on six in particular: Australia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland. Framing these discussions, however, is a persistent focus on American circumstances and challenges. Far more than a survey of six "foreign" programs, this is a book prompted by and organized around the policy and practical challenges facing the United States."--Publisher's website
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-192) and index
Contents Introduction -- Qualifying for a calling : the philosophical rationale for vocational education -- Employer engagement : good for the bottom line, good for young people -- State-directed VET systems : formal public/private partnerships in action -- Journal essay: the German dual system : A U.S. observer reflects on a strong VET system / Robert B. Schwartz -- Workplace learning : "the school is not the center of the world" -- Journal essay: ordinary teenagers, extraordinary results : apprentices at work / Nancy Hoffman -- Changing the outcomes of youth left behind : policies and practices that protect and support -- Conclusion : possibilities in the United States
Subject Business and education -- United States
ISBN 1612501117
9781612501116 (pbk.)
9781612501123 (lib. ed.)

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