ERIC Number: ED227580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Business Education: The Creative Approaches of Three Small High Schools.
Rawers, Lois J.
OSSC Bulletin, v26 n6 Feb 1983
To encourage the schools to train students in broad and flexible occupational competencies rather than specific job skills, the Oregon Department of Education has promoted the cluster concept of vocational education. Of the 14 occupational clusters identified as being economically significant in Oregon, business competencies in the accounting, clerical, secretarial, and marketing areas account for 4. This document describes how business teachers in three small school settings have developed programs to provide students with occupational training related to the real world of work in these four cluster areas. Sweet Home (Oregon) High School offers 28 students a year the opportunity to take on several occupational roles in rotation as "employees" of a simulated pet supply distributorship, the Wholesale Monkey Business. Students learn to work together, operate a company, use business machines (including computers), keep books and other records, maintain inventories, and perform other work functions. Alsea (Oregon) High School established a Business Open Lab through which students select and take minicourses in a number of business skills. Union (Oregon) High School offers a 2-year, flexible program including use of a commercially prepared office simulation, the chance to do real work in community offices, and training in student interest areas. (PGD)
Descriptors: Business Education, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Experimental Curriculum, High Schools, Instructional Innovation, Nontraditional Education, Relevance (Education), Simulation, Small Schools, Teacher Developed Materials
Publications, Oregon School Study Council, College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 ($4.00; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.