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Working Knowledge: Work-Based Learning and Education Reform


reviewed by David Bills — 2004

coverTitle: Working Knowledge: Work-Based Learning and Education Reform
Author(s): Thomas R. Bailey, Katherine L. Hughes, and David Thornton Moore
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415945666, Pages: 246, Year: 2004
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Stephen Hamilton’s 1990 volume Apprenticeship for Adulthood had an unusually strong influence on the thinking of those in the school-to-work community about the possibilities of better preparing American youth for the successful transition to employment.  Inspired by his observations of the German “dual system” of apprenticeship training and more traditional in-school learning, Hamilton called for youth employment policies that would integrate the best of the German system into the often haphazard preparation of American youth.    Whatever its virtues, Apprenticeship for Adulthood was never entirely convincing.  It sometimes strayed from advocacy to boosterism, and never fully came to grips with the fact that the United States lacked not only the institutions that the German apprenticeship system relied on, but perhaps even more importantly, it lacked the norms.  German employers, at least at that time, sponsored apprenticeships not so much because they were told to, but because that was what German employers did.  Further, the dual system itself has gotten a little frayed around the edges in the last fifteen... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 979-982
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11249, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 7:30:29 PM

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  • David Bills
    University of Iowa
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    DAVID B. BILLS is a sociologist with interests in labor markets, the organization of work, and the role of schooling in social stratification. His volume The Sociology of Education and Work will be published in 2004. He has recently published in Sociology of Education and Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and has edited a volume on The Sociology of Worker Training.
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