This article summarises the key features of the transition support, offered to students at seven low-decile schools, which impacted on their career decision making and postschool destinations. This article reports results from an NZCER study: Innovative pathways from school.
The Parker Brothers' 1971 game of "Careers" may be light-hearted but the career decisions faced by young people leaving school today are no game. Those decisions are considered more serious and seem more complex now.
Karen Vaughan discusses findings from the Prospects and Pathways study of young people moving into tertiary study and employment, and their bearing on career guidance principles.
With a focus on dispositions and affordances, Sally Peters considers some of the dominant theoretical ideas about transition, including maturational readiness, “filling the gaps”, scaffolding the process, and looking at the big picture.
This study of decision-making strategies used by students in their last year at high school opens the discussion on the effectiveness of the transition from school to the work place or higher education.
Do students of different sex, race, level of school achievement or from different socio-economic backgrounds have different perceptions of their last year of school? If they do, how much equity is there in the school system?
Modern industry needs literate workers. How literate? How can workers' literacy be improved? What can schools learn about necessary literacy and what they teach? Investigations with BHP workers help find answers.
As industry has restructured itself, become leaner and meaner, attitudes to work have changed. In the USA worried corporation heads have called for schools to teach children to be good workers. The trends are enumerated and the reasons exposed.
Gordon Knight, Greg Arnold, Michael Carter, Peter Kelly and Gillian Thornley
set 1994: no. 1
Adults were interviewed to discover the mathematics they actually used in their everyday life and their workplaces. School mathematics is relatively unimportant but estimating, optimising, and using calculators are.
Anthony Winefield, Marika Tiggeman, and Helen R. Winefield
set 1994: no. 1
Are schools able to prepare children for the stresses of unemployment? This follow-up study of school leavers, seven years later, looks at the effects of finding yourself in an unsatisfactory job, and of being unemployed 'doing nothing in particular'.