Design of Work-based Learning for Students in the United States

D. Stern, M. L. Rahn, Y.-P. Chung

Work-based learning (WBL) of the "learn-and-stay" variety prepares for specific occupations or industries, whereas "learn-and-go" WBL develops more broadly transferable knowledge and skills. Census data from California show that from the ages of 16 to 34, many workers move from industries with lower earning prospects to industries with higher ones. This natural flow might be facilitated by more learn-and-go WBL in low-wage industries and more learn-and-stay in high-wage industries. School-sponsored enterprises could play an important role in delivering additional WBL. Reprinted from the June 1998 issue of Youth and Society.

MDS-1256 / January 1999

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