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Vocational Training in Low-Income Communities and the Prospective Role of Restorative Principles in Future Programming
by McGuiness, Kristen, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2014, 48; 10305854
Abstract (Summary)

For the last three decades, vocational training has fallen into disfavor with academics, educators, and students alike. But with renewed interest and financing towards its potential, the question over what kind of vocational training will create a stronger workforce while attracting some of its most marginalized learners has become key to its future success. In employing communicatory principles borrowed from restorative justice, there is a unique opportunity to develop training programs with low-income youth to meet both the interests of upcoming generations and the needs of the job market. In creating programming that better connects vocational training to civic participation and social networks, vocational training could be a source of social capital, creating stronger social and educational informal systems for low-income populations, and also between those with less economic power and those with access to more economically dynamic networks.

By studying the participation methods of two vocational training programs in Los Angeles, the research focused on the relationship between youth participation in programming choices (via restorative principles) and the organization’s corresponding reputation within the youth’s respective communities (social capital). The research showed a positive correlation between youth engagement and advocacy for programming, and a negative correlation between actual youth engagement and prior knowledge of the organization. Ultimately, this research hopes to provoke further dialogue on vocational training, social capital, and the innovative approaches found within restorative justice.

Keywords: Vocational training, social capital, restorative justice, low-income youth, Los Angeles

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Carlson, Kerstin
Commitee: Chakroun, Borhene, Perry, Susan
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Public policy, Vocational education
Keywords: California, Low-income, Restorative justice, Social capital, Vocational training
Publication Number: 10305854
ISBN: 978-1-369-49418-1
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