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Research reports and publications

The following wide range of published reports and research studies address both the underlying issues and strategies involved in the effective delivery of the curriculum in relation to careers, work experience and employment:

Andrews, D. (2004). Leading and managing career work in schools: The changing role of the careers co-ordinators, Cambridge: NICEC.

This examines the attitudes of senior managers to careers work, and its links to raising achievement; reviews strategies for managing careers work in schools; identifies action required by managers, careers co-ordinators and governors.

Blenkinsop, S., McCrone, T., Wade,P. and Morris, M. (2005). How do young people make choices at age 14 and age 16? RR 773, London, DfES. 

Two waves of in-depth interviews were held with 165 young people across 14 schools between February 2005 and February 2006. This summary presents selected key findings and messages for policy and practice.

Equal Opportunities Commission.  (2005). Gender equality in work experience placements for young people. Working paper Series 27. Manchester: Equal Opportunities Commission.

The focus of the investigation is on Apprenticeships, which are currently the main training route way into work for young people in Britain; it also concentrates on five occupational sectors where there are skill shortages: construction, plumbing, engineering, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and childcare.

Higher Education Academy (2005-2009) Learning and Employability Series.

The Learning and Employability series is a range of guides intended for senior managers and staff in higher education institutions who are reviewing or developing strategies and practice for the enhancement of student employability.

Maguire, M. (2005) Delivering Quality: Quality assurance and delivery of careers, education, information and guidance for learning and work within higher education, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), Sheffield

A report on the increasing importance of careers education information and guidance (CEIG) within the strategic priorities of higher education institutions.

McCrone, T., Morris, M. and Walker, M. (2005). Pupil choices at key stage 3 - literature review. London: Department for Education & Skills.

This report reviews recent key studies in the UK on the ways in which young people, at age 14, choose their optional subjects or study pathways.

Morris, M., Rickinson, M. & Davies, D. (2001). The delivery of career education and guidance in schools, London, DfES.

This research sought to look at the changes that had been brought about as a result of the 1997 Education Act, the 1998 focusing agenda; and, in pilot areas, the new Connexions Service. In addition, the research aimed to examine what practitioners thought had been the relative impact of regulations allowing the disapplication of key stage 4 National Curriculum subjects; the introduction of citizenship education and policy initiatives such as Excellence in Cities.

Sampson, J. P. (2006) Promoting continuous improvement in delivering career resources and services. CeGS Occasional Paper, Derby, Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

The aim of this paper is to examine factors that influence continuous improvement in the design and delivery of career resources and services for young people and adults.

Schon, D. (1991) The reflective practitioner. Aldershot: Avebury Publishing.

This book’s aim is to create a new framework of knowledge which values practice above head-knowledge, deals with tacit knowledge and skill in a helpful way and which shows how reflection enables the practitioner to develop and extend the knowledge available to his/her profession.

Watts, A.G., Law, B., Killeen, J., Kidd, J.M. & Hawthorn, R. (1996) Rethinking careers education and guidance: Theory, policy and practice, London, Routledge.

Covering theory, policy and practice in all sectors of careers education and guidance provision, this volume includes an up-to-date review of career theories and provides an analysis of the development of careers provision in schools, further and adult education, higher education, work organizations, the Careers Service and other agencies.

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