Recent international studies highlight how the transitions from school young people are experiencing today are increasingly becoming less predictable and more complex than the school-to-work transitions of the past (Wyn & Dwyer, 1999; Furlong & Cartmel, 1997).
Innovative Pathways from Secondary School examines the models used in schools to support students to make the step from school by examining the influence, on students' career decision making and post-school destinations, of the transition support (that is, information, advice, guidance, and career development activities) that is provided to students.
We targeted seven low-decile schools and focused on the non-conventional programmes that the schools considered best supported "at risk" students in their transition decision making. This study also examined how the partnerships made between schools and tertiary providers and employers influenced students' transition decision making, and assisted them in their transition from school.
Paper presented at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) conference, Wellington, 24-26 November 2004.