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Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World's Best Vocational…

by Nancy Hoffman

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"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.… (more)
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"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.

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