Paris and Mason (1995) define job shadowing:
"Job shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job
by walking through the work day as a shadow to a competent worker. The job
shadowing work experience is a temporary, unpaid exposure to the workplace in
an occupational area of interest to the student. Students witness firsthand the
work environment, employability and occupational skills in practice, the value
of professional training and potential career options. Job shadowing is
designed to increase career awareness, help model student behavior through
examples and reinforce in the student the link between classroom learning and
work requirements. Almost any workplace is a potential job shadowing site.
Job shadowing is limited in that allows students to observe only; direct work
experience, responsibility and skills are not acquired. While integration of
school and work is implied, there is little if any curriculum alignment between
the school and occupational area." (p. 47)
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