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This book describes and analyzes the current state of work-based learning in the US. It begins with a review of the history of work-based learning and its place in policy-making around school reform, which establishes the theoretical and empirical basis for the rest of the book. Based on over five years of research on work-based learning in high school and community college programs across the country, it explores the potential for using work-based learning as part of a broad education reform strategy. The authors emphasize the importance of situated learning in understanding work-based learning and in creating engaging and educational experiences for youth.
Thomas R. Bailey is the George and Abby O'Neill Professor of Economics and Education, Department of International and Transcultural Studies, and the Director, Institute on Education and the Economy, and Community College Research Center, at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Katherine L. Hughes is the Assistant Director for Work and Education Reform Research, Institute on Education and the Economy, Teachers College, Columbia University.
David Thornton Moore is Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University.