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Title: Are schools equipping young people for work in an increasingly globalised society? : the perspectives of young people and employers
Author: McKenzie, Lisa Rebecca
ISNI:       0000 0004 5990 6579
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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This dissertation examines whether schools are equipping young people with the necessary skills and attributes they need for employment in workplaces increasingly impacted upon by globalisation, from the perspectives of young people and employers. The researcher adopted a mixed method approach which involved an online survey of young people (aged 14-15) and a number of semi-structured interviews carried out with employment sector representatives and key educational stakeholders. A Young Person's Advisory Group (YPAG) worked with the researcher throughout the study to ensure that young people's views were foregrounded. Findings from the survey indicate some understanding of the concept of 'globalisation' among the young people, yet they were more aware of the implications of globalisation upon wider society than the impact upon themselves at a personal level. Further, in terms of preparation for the increasingly globalised workplace, young people were aware of the changing needs of the workforce and there was generally a sound match between the skills and attributes which they perceived employers to want and their own sense of their personal skills and attributes. The young people surveyed were generally positive about how their schools were preparing them for employment in an increasingly globalised workplace, however employment sector representatives and key educational stakeholders appeared less positive about their levels of preparedness. The practical issues of delivering 'a curriculum for globalisation', particularly in terms of assessment and existing structures and processes challenge the system. There is still opportunity to develop a more 'linked up approach' in terms of educational partnerships. Overall, this research suggests that schools play a pivotal role in helping to equip young people with the necessary skills and attributes for the changing workplace in this globally interconnected world and the skills agenda needs to be reflected in the education system and valued by all educational stakeholders alike.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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