Schooling in the Workplace

Schooling in the Workplace How Six of the World’s Best Vocational Education Systems Prepare Young People for Jobs and Life

Nancy Hoffman, foreword by Stanley S. Litow
cloth, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-112-3
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Pub. Date: November 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-445-2
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Pub. Date: November 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-111-6
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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?


Nancy Hoffman offers a clear-eyed analysis of the American youth development problem and what we can learn from our European competitors, their successes and their failures. She suggests workable solutions in moving from a ‘completion’ agenda to a ‘learning for jobs’ agenda. This is a necessary read for those who are serious about addressing the real education needs of American youth in their transition to a productive adulthood. — James R. Stone III, professor and director, National Research Center for Career & Technical Education, University of Louisville

Schooling in the Workplace sheds new light on the urgency and effectiveness of integrating academic work and career preparation to help more young people succeed in the workforce. It is the right approach, now is the right time, and—as we are experiencing in California—it is achievable. — Anne Stanton, Program Director for Youth, The James Irvine Foundation

Nancy Hoffman takes us on a tour of countries that do an impressive job preparing their youth for careers through programs that situate learning in the workplace. As a country struggling with persistent high school dropout rates, achievement gaps, and the lowest youth employment rate in six decades, the United States should closely examine the policies of those countries that the author highlights: they point clearly to how we  can do a better job preparing youth, particularly disadvantaged youth, for the world of work in our complex society. — Betsy Brand, executive director, American Youth Policy Forum

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About the Author

Nancy Hoffman is a vice president and senior advisor at Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit located in Boston.

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