School-Based Enterprise: Productive Learning in American High Schools

School-Based Enterprise: Productive Learning in American High Schools

by David Stern, James Stone, Charles Hopkins, Martin McMillion
     
 

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Every year tens of thousands of high school students across the country participate in school-based enterprises (SBEs). They build houses, publish books, run restaurants, produce original scientific research, staff child-care centers, and provide other goods and services under school auspices.Like teaching hospitals attached to medical schools or law review

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Every year tens of thousands of high school students across the country participate in school-based enterprises (SBEs). They build houses, publish books, run restaurants, produce original scientific research, staff child-care centers, and provide other goods and services under school auspices.Like teaching hospitals attached to medical schools or law review journals produced by law students, many high school SBEs have been part of vocational programs. However, productive activities can also help students learn academic subjects and develop general intellectual abilities. This book describes the potential use of school-based enterprise across the high school curriculum.Drawing on observations and interviews with students and faculty at sixteen sites—urban, suburban, and rural, rich and poor, with college-bound and low-achieving students—the authors illustrate how SBEs work and describe the range of benefits they offer. The authors explain the difficulties and dilemmas encountered by these projects, and they envision an expanded role for SBEs in helping to create a new relationship between education and work.

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From the Publisher
"Stern and his colleagues have written a book that will be invaluable for teachers, school administrators, researchers, policy makers, or anyone interested in improving education and connecting it more strongly to the workplace and the community. School-Based Enterprise presents a comprehensive and timely discussion of an educational strategy that has many of the advantages of apprenticeship while avoiding the difficulties of recruiting thousands of employers." —Thomas Bailey, director, Institute on Education and the Economy, Teachers College, Columbia University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555425975
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/18/1994
Series:
Education
Edition description:
1st
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

DAVID STERN is professor of education at the University of California, Berkeley. JAMES STONE is associate professor of vocational education at the University of Minnesota. CHARLES HOPKINS is professor of business and marketing education in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota. MARTIN MCMILLION is associate professor of agricultural education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. ROBERT CRAIN is a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he heads the programs in Sociology and Education as well as Politics and Education.

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