The effectiveness of work-experience programs in Canadian high schools

Unattributed, Canadian Council on Learning, Oct 25, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Survey article on the effectiveness of work-experience programs in Canadian schools. The article has a good typology of work experience programs and offers some decidedly unsurprising conclusions:
- Care needs to be taken when matching students to placements
- Assign a dedicated coordinator to oversee the program to ensure its success
- Develop a ‘contract' between the employer and the student that sets out reasonable expectations for each party
- Prepare students in advance
In related news, the sky is blue, the sun rises in the east, and cats spend a lot of time sleeping.
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