The School-To-Work Movement: Origins and Destinations

The School-To-Work Movement: Origins and Destinations

The School-To-Work Movement: Origins and Destinations

The School-To-Work Movement: Origins and Destinations

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The chapters in this book provide an overview of academic and policy research on the school-to-work (STW) movement and the many program initiatives associated with it. The original versions of all chapters except the first two were presented and discussed at a national invitational conference held in Philadelphia, PA, during December 2000. The conference, attended by STW professionals from across the nation, was sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory, the Laboratory for Student Success (LSS), at the Temple University Center for Research in Human Development and Education (CRHDE).

At the conference, nineteen papers were presented by leading researchers and practitioners in the STW field. The fourteen of them that dealt with the STW movement in general have been revised for this volume. The five that described specific STW programs were not included because of space constraints. They are summarized, however, in a September 2001 issue of The CEIC Review—a publication of CRHDE. That issue of the Review (available upon request) also contains a series of next-step recommendations that arose out of the conference deliberations.

The goal of the conference was to provide a national forum for assessing the past, present, and future of the STW movement on the basis of the findings of the most current research. To achieve this, the conference consisted of both presentations of papers and small-group discussion sessions, with the latter including the members of the audience as well as presenters. Because of the high degree of interaction throughout the conference and the broad diversity of opinions expressed, the chapter authors had many opportunities to refine and extend their ideas. Subsequently, all authors revised their work for the present volume in response to the questions and comments of their colleagues.

The book is divided into five sections, with the first serving as an introduction. It contains an essay by William Stull giving an overview of the STW movement and linking the volume's chapters to the larger STW literature. It . . .

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