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They Want to Come to School: Work-Based Education Programs to Prevent the Social Exclusion of Vulnerable Youth

2011
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They Want to Come to School: Work-Based Education Programs to Prevent the Social Exclusion of Vulnerable Youth

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This paper describes and compares exemplary work-based education (WBE) programs in Ontario Canada designed to meet the needs of two groups of vulnerable youth – at-risk youth and youth with severe disabilities. Two focus group interviews were held, one with professionals from exemplary programs designed to meet the needs of at-risk youth and one with professionals from exemplary programs for youth with severe disabilities. Standard qualitative analyses were conducted on each focus group transcript to generate themes which were subsequently grouped into larger patterns. Then cross-case analyses identified consistencies and unique features within the two types of WBE programs.Two major patterns that characterize the WBE programs emerged from the analyses: the first pattern described the programmatic approaches to WBE appropriate for each type of type of student (which included themes such as the need for an alternative learning environment for at-risk youth), and the second pattern highlighted the rationale for each kind of program (which included themes like ensuring equity for youth with severe disabilities). The findings suggest that schools should continue to provide distinct WBE programs for each of these groups of vulnerable youth- at-risk youth and youth with severe disabilities.

Hutchinson, N. L., Versnel, J., Poth, C., Berg, D., deLugt, J., Dalton, C. J., & Munby, H. (2011). ” They want to come to school”: Work-based education programs to prevent the social exclusion of vulnerable youth. Work, 40(2), 195-209.

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