ERIC Number: ED227639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Classroom Business Ventures: Career Education for Physically Disabled Students.
Cohen, James S.; Stieglitz, Maria
A classroom business venture (CBV), one component of the Human Resources School's career development program for physically disabled fifth, sixth, and seventh graders, is described. A CBV is defined as a simulated business situation where students, with teacher guidance, plan and organize the operation toward the eventual goal of distribution of the product or service they themselves have chosen. The combination of CBV operation with ongoing academic lessons is noted, and the five steps in the establishment of a CBV are examined: 1) teacher inservice training, 2) interclassroom linkage, 3) CBV planning, 4) sale of products or provision of service, and 5) CBV appraisal. Attention is directed to the following specific aspects of the program: instructing teachers in strategies to integrate economic, career, and self-awareness activities, as well as skills, within a working experience; developing interrelationships of CBV's within the school; and planning activities (e.g., choosing the business, establishing goals and means to achieve goals, selecting personnel). A checklist for planning and implementing the CBV and a list of the stages in the development of a "News Broadcast" CBV are included, along with a CBV evaluation form, and a brief description of a CBV involving the manufacture of wooden tables for sale. (SEW)
Descriptors: Career Education, Class Activities, Elementary Education, Entrepreneurship, Experiential Learning, Physical Disabilities, Program Development, Simulation, Small Businesses
Human Resources Center, Searingtown Rd., Albertson, NY 11507.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.; Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Center, Albertson, NY.
Identifiers: Classroom Business Venture
Note: A Project PREP publication. For related documents, see EC 151 093-095.