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Stimulating interest in STEM careers among students in Europe: supporting career choice and giving a more realistic view of STEM at work

This paper reviews the situation in terms of skills gap in Europe from a general [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] STEM perspective but also reviewing existing data on specific sub-areas of STEM skills. The author summarises results from European STEM research and awareness-raising projects taking place over the last five years. The focus is on initiatives that are based on school-industry partnerships. The author categorises projects according to a typology developed in previous STEM education research. Recommendations are made for futures areas of research yet to be explored.

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Authors: Joyce, Alexa
Conference name: Education and Employers Taskforce Research Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Europe
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Career development; Skills and knowledge; Industry;

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Industry school partnerships: boundary crossing to enable school to work transitions across three targeted industries

Industry-school partnerships (ISPs) are increasingly being recognised as a new way of providing vocational education opportunities. However, there is limited research investigating their impact on school-to-work transitions. This paper reports on a government-led ISP, the Gateway to Industry Schools program, established in Queensland, Australia. The Queensland State government facilitated ISPs across three industry sectors: minerals and energy; building and construction; and aviation.

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Authors: Flynn, Matthew C.; Pillay, Hitendra; Watters, James J.
Conference name: Education and Employers Taskforce Research Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Queensland; Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Industry; Providers of education and training; Research;

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A guide to major US college completion initiatives

Over the past three years, a wide variety of unusually large number of organizations have adopted a 'college completion agenda' to significantly increase the number of adults in the United States who have earned a post-secondary credential. This paper is intended as a guide to the myriad college completion initiatives that have arisen in recent years. First and foremost, it will help answer the 'Who? What? When, Where? and Why?' questions about this diverse array of projects. A second purpose is to provide some brief general observations about college completion activities. This paper focuses only on major national/regional college completion initiatives. It does not address the efforts of specific states, systems and institutions, nor does it cover initiatives focused primarily on access or college preparation that happen to contribute to completion.

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Authors: Russell, Alene
Date: 2011
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Paper
Subjects: Outcomes; Higher education; Providers of education and training;

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The impact of work experience on student outcomes: implications for policy and practice

This paper sets out to demonstrate how experiences of work can impact upon student outcomes; including progression to a graduate level job, attainment of a good degree and avoidance of unemployment in the period immediately following graduation. Data included is based on a longitudinal research study of student/graduate career development undertaken between 2006 and 2012, known as 'Futuretrack'. The authors then explore the nature of university-business collaboration in respect of the provision of work experiences (work-based learning and work placements) to identify the components of 'quality' work experiences and the ways in which employers engage with both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK.

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Authors: McCulloch, Andrew; Artess, Jane; Herrmann, Keith
Conference name: Education and Employers Taskforce Research Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Employment; Students; Outcomes;

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The role of community colleges in regional economic prosperity

The chapters in this book provide examples of how community colleges are helping to advance economic prosperity in their regions. The chapters are: Anne Arundel Community College: at the epicentre of cybersecurity / Kelly A. Koermer (pages 2-5); Economic development in a struggling economy / Mary Vickers-Koch and Tony Zeiss (pages 6-9); The power of partnership: achieving regional economic impact through the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) / Jerry Sue Thornton (pages 10-12); Johnson County Community College: economic engine for the county / Terry Calaway (pages 13-17); Ongoing dialogue and a focus on workforce: Kirwood Community College and the Eastern Iowa skills reports / Mick Starcevich and Kim W. Johnson (pages 18-21); Innovative career pathway model reaches out to Arizona's undeserved populations / Jo Jorgenson, Randy Kimmens, Karen Poole, Mary Briden, Michale Pattarozzi and Mike Lesiecki (pages 22-26); Miami Dade College's Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences: evolution of a workforce partnership / Eduardo J. Padron (pages 27-30); Changing to meet the needs of regional economic development / Anne M. Kress (pages 31-35); Building economic prosperity in San Diego / Constance M. Carroll (pages 36-39); Internationalism with a local flair: Santa Fe College, the international initiative and Innovation Gainnesville / Jackson Sasser (pages 40-43); The pathways to career initiative / Jill Wakefield (pages 44-48).

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Authors: Kress, Anne M.; Santos, Gerardo E. de los
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; America
Resource type: Book
Subjects: Economics; Providers of education and training

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Inventing the future: transforming STEM economies

This paper investigates how to best prepare the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce for both visible and unforeseeable challenges to come. The goals of the paper are to: get a sense of how STEM-based companies see the future; pave the way for a more effective transfer of knowledge between industry and education, particularly at technical and vocational level; explore the qualities and attributes that technologists of the future need to develop; and examine how local and national government funding can support the process.

This paper investigates how to best prepare the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce for both ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Medhat, Sa'ad
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Workforce development; Industry; Outcomes;

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Research and/or learning and teaching: a study of Australian professors' priorities, beliefs and behaviours

This paper presents findings from an empirical study of key aspects of the teaching and research priorities, beliefs and behaviours of 72 professorial and associate professorial academics in science, information technology and engineering across four faculties in three Australian universities. The academics ranked 16 research activities and 16 matched learning and teaching (L&T) activities from three perspectives: job satisfaction, role model behaviour and perceptions of professional importance. The findings were unequivocally in favour of research in all three areas and remarkably consistent across the universities.

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Authors: Cretchley, P. C.; Edwards, S. L.; O'Shea, P.;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Higher education research and development
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Teaching and learning; Research;

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Faculty perceptions of common challenges encountered by novice doctoral writers

Although learning to write for publication is an important outcome of doctoral education, it has received surprisingly little scholarly attention. Within a socialization and supervisor pedagogy framework, this study uses narratives of faculty who regularly write with their doctoral students for publication to expose challenges students commonly encounter in the writing process. Common challenges include international students' 'writing problem', misconstruing the nature of disciplinary writing and not realizing that 'public' is part of publication.

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Authors: Maher, Michelle; Feldon, David F.; Timmerman, Briana E.;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: Higher education research and development
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Students; Higher education; Skills and knowledge;

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Social effectiveness of tertiary education for adults in mid-life

This publication synthesises the results of the European Project THEMP (Tertiary Education for People in Midlife). The project aims to study tertiary lifelong learning (TLL) programs at universities in seven EU-member states with respect to inclusion of mid-life learners and social impact. The core contributions to the project are case studies of three universities in each country. The main focus lies on the analysis of the weak and strong points of the lifelong learning (LLL) activities in the selected universities and their strategies in developing and implementing training programs.

This publication synthesises the results of the European Project THEMP (Tertiary Education for People in Midlife). The ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Kruger, Karsten
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Lifelong learning; Higher education; Demographics;

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What is happening with 17+ participation, attainment and progression in London?: report 2: risk factors and strategies to support students in schools

London Councils commissioned this study to explore the dynamics of '17+ participation, attainment and progression' and to suggest a range of strategies that could be pursued by the London boroughs to increase the 'quality' of 17+ participation for young people in London. The main reason for this study is to understand why London does not perform better than the rest of the country in Level 3 study post-16 given its strong attainment profile pre-16.

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Authors: Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: England; Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Youth; Teaching and learning; Participation;

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