Schooling and the World of Work

  • Robert Moore
Part of the Youth Questions book series


This chapter will examine the role of ‘the world of work’ in the school curriculum. I will argue that programmes incorporating this concept have, in reality, little to do with work at all. They are best understood as responses to control problems within the schools. These problems arise as a result of critical changes in the social compositions of key areas in the school system, for example, in the fourth and fifth forms in the early 1970s and in the sixth form (and also in CFEs) today. This argument implies that there is a fundamental discontinuity between the level of policy construction and the level of implementation. Objectives developed at the former level take on a very different meaning at the latter, in the everyday pragmatics of classroom teaching.


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