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What difference does it make if school and work are connected?: evidence on co-operative education in the United States

Recent policies have promoted work-based learning as part of the curriculum. Many students in the U.S. already work in part-time jobs, but spending a lot of hours per week in after-school jobs has been found to detract from students’ performance in school. Co-operative education (co-op) ties work to school, usually as part of vocational education. A new longitudinal data set reveals that the negative association between hours worked and [grade point average] GPA is less strong for high school students in co-op than in non-school-supervised jobs. High school co-op also leads to higher wages soon after graduation, mainly because (1) co-op students are less likely to enroll in higher education and (2) recent graduates who are enrolled in higher education earn lower wages than those who work full time. Tying co-op to a curriculum that integrates academic and vocational education might produce better results.

Recent policies have promoted work-based learning as part of the curriculum. Many students in the U.S. already work in ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Stern, David; Finkelstein, Neal; Urquiola, Miguel;
Date: 1997
Geographic subjects: North America; United States
Journal title: Economics of education review
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Secondary education; Outcomes;

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