Moving from Education to Work The most outstanding feature of education in Germany is its extensive apprenticeship system: approximately two thirds of young people combine learning in schools with in-company training. This system of dual education is considered a main determinant of Germany?s high quality labour force and low youth unemployment. In the Netherlands, dual education also exists, but full-time education in schools is more popular. This paper analyses the labour market performance and the contents, organization and finance of dual vocational education for 13-16 year olds. "The match between education and work: What can we learn from the German apprenticeship system?" is by Corina den Broeder of the CPB - Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. Also of interest is School to Work: Making a Difference in Education by Katherine Hughes, Thomas Bailey and Melinda Mechur (Institute on Education and the Economy) which examines the experience of the US under the School to Work Opportunities Act.
By CPB - Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, US, Netherlands and Germany.
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Special Education. This volume seeks to open up the debate about the future of special education in America. It contains essays on the future of funding special educational programmes, the disproportionate numbers of ethnic minority students who are classified with a learning disability, and special education as a type of school choice system. Edited by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Andrew J. Rotherham & Charles R. Hokanson, Jr.
By Progressive Policy Institute , US.
Examining the evidence on school vouchers. The results of America's first voucher experiments are in. The trouble is, no one can agree on what to make of them. Does a voucher threat make schools try harder? A recent Florida study said yes, but three analyses that replicate its methods show there?s no basis for that claim. Advocates of vouchers as a mechanism for improving school, HE and FE performance in the UK can learn from pilot schemes in the US. Read the details of these evaluations in Do School Vouchers Improve Student Performance? by Martin Carnoy of Stanford University.
By Economics Policy Institute. , US.
The School to Work Transition. The US introduced the School to Work Opportunities Act in 1994 - it provided seed corn money to support states in setting up school to work systems. A wide variety of mentoring, work experience, internships and job shadowing. School to Work: Making a Difference in Education reviews the evaluation evidence from a wide variety of schemes - finding a range of positive outcomes from improved educational performance, a broadening of the career and educational options considered by students. By Katherine Hughes, Thomas Bailey and Melinda Mechur.