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Christine Lloyd

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Discovery Learning and Industry Practice.

In our structured education system are there ways that 'discovery learning' techniques can link with industry practice to give students a more exploratory experience of the possible routes they could take with their education/career.

Young people are becoming increasingly disenchanted with traditional education/career paths that are directed at achieving degrees and higher education qualifications, that don’t necessarily lead to successful employment.

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    Mar 7 2012: Discovery learning, or inquiry learning, is probably the dominant form of pedagogy in the United States, though it is often not popular with parents. I am not sure what you mean about "discovery learning to make links with industry practices they need to know." Do you mean that discovery learning prepares students for skills in critical thinking, in working on teams, and in adapting to change? Or do you mean is there room for students to get vocational training that introduces them to the specific skills particular employers need so that the student can decide which sort of vocation she wants to pursue?
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      Mar 8 2012: Point taken, I will change the question to make it more explicate. I am interested in the ways discovery learning can link with industry practice to give students a more exploratory experience of the possible routes they could take with their education/career. Young people are becoming increasingly disenchanted with traditional education/career paths that are directed at achieving degrees and higher education qualifications, that don’t necessarily lead to successful employment.
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        Mar 8 2012: Christine, there are secondary schools that allow students to have internships or apprenticeships as part of their final year or perhaps earlier. Some states have vocational education requirements that require students to build some sort of foray into vocational skills into their training. This can be met with a hands on experience, like interning as a veterinary technician, or a more traditional course, like accounting or shop.
        Another way schools build in exposure to different occupations or other worthwhile experiences, such as community service, is to build in several full days a year for the purpose when all students in a grade are dispatched to different sites. Our local university hosts an engineering fair and a health sciences fair to which high school students come.