ERIC Number: ED229906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Career Planning Meets the Micro: A Demonstration.
The Career Planning System (CPS), a highly structured microcomputer package designed to provide middle school age mildly handicapped students with individualized career exploration and career planning experiences, is described. Development of the system's three components (30 floppy disks, a student guide, and an instructor guide) and field testing with learning disabled, mildly retarded, and severely behavior disordered students are traced. The system is explained to draw on the student's own interests and is pointed toward four major career development outcomes: learning about personal interests, examining occupations, identifying activities in which personal interests may be nurtured, and relating educational preparation to potential occupational choices. Ten interest areas are presented (representative occupations in parentheses): advising (child care attendant, lawyer); arranging (architect, hair stylist); building and making (roofing, painter); doing clerical work (cashier, file clerk); helping (police officer, waiter); maintaining and repairing (mechanic, plumber); thinking in pictures (cartoonist, photographer); using environmental information (farmer, landscape gardener); working with equipment (cook, telephone operator); and working with numbers and symbols (library assistant, teller). Step by step progression through the CPS is described in which students investigate activities and "interview" workers. An education plan provision of the system allows student and teacher to plan for future learning in the occupation of interest. A management component that enables the teacher to monitor the individualized lessons is described. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Career Planning System
Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children's National Conference on the Use of Microcomputers in Special Education (Hartford, CT, March 10-12, 1983).