Transitions from School to Post-Secondary Options, Higher Education and Work
The social justice issues are of great importance during the process of transition from education to work. The notion of social justice presence or absence in a society is mainly formed by a variety of available opportunities in education and the labor market. Improving the level of education is the most important factor in economic development, overcoming unemployment, implantation of new technologies. Furthermore, it is one of the components of social cohesion. In different countries, the interrelation between education and work is supported in varying degrees by a meritocratic and/or credentialism reason, market and/or paternalistic mechanisms. Achieving the balance between the sphere of education and the structure of rapidly changing labour market reveals both common and divergent ways of reaching these goals through the development and reforms of educational systems, policies, through activity of civil society organizations.
All this generate different models of transition from school to work, raise a lot of research questions. How do the system of post-secondary education and educational opportunities relate to the employment of low-skilled service workers versus high-skilled tech jobs in the changing economic marketplace? What are praxis for developing a trained work force, lowering unemployment, and providing options from upper secondary to university education? What is the impact of demographic booms and busts, ageing of the population and the new cultural diversity on the transition processes? These and many other questions concerning how to provide university and vocational educational opportunities for the changing labour market are in the focus of this session.