Transition from school to work is pretty haphazard in Australia and New Zealand; in Japan it is highly organised. We have young people unemployed, exams of doubtful educational worth, and a system of entry into tertiary study that is hardly fair to minorities. So it is worthwhile examining a very different system.
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Careers and transition
Careers and transition
Two years ago the way beginning teachers got a job in New Zealand was completely changed. A set item in 1990 looked at the changes. Now, two years further on, the latest figures are put through the mill and principals are asked about how the system is working for their schools.
Have you ever thought how some famous people would rate as teachers nowadays? Here is an evaluation form filled in for the most famous of all. The idea came from the American teachers' magazine Phi Delta Kappan.
Most young adults at school are satisfied with their schooling, their homes and friends. But fear of not finding a job is universal and debilitating. This survey should be absorbed by all politicians as well as teachers.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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?
In order to be able to offer good advice, career guidance counsellors need to be aware of how young people make career decisions.