ERIC Number: ED418306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Career Pathways and Gender Equity: Providing Opportunities for All Students. Ohio Vocational Sex Equity.
Equity Issues, v4 n2 Spr 1998
Career pathways align vocational and academic education within career clusters and provide students new options from grades 9-14. They must have the following elements: industry breadth and depth; opportunities for many populations; career options at entry, technical, and professional levels; and alternative delivery options and academic and vocational integration. Career pathways are important because all students need the following: rigorous academics and technical skills to be prepared for both postsecondary education and for careers; broad-based, transferable skills for workplace success; ability to learn better and retain more when they learn in context; and ability to adapt and change jobs within a career cluster. Within career pathways, gender equity is important for two reasons: all students must have the opportunity to become economically self-sufficient within a pathway and all students need to explore nontraditional and traditional career options within career clusters. Curriculum for career pathways must meet these criteria: well articulated, integrated, supportive, contextualized, and permitting program flexibility. Three types of competencies best incorporate these criteria: core, cluster, and specialization. Delivery options for career pathways include career academies, career magnet high schools, foundation experiences, and senior projects. As schools plan and implement career pathway initiatives, administrators and educators need to tap into available equity monies and programs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Academies, Career Development, Career Education, Career Exploration, High Schools, Nontraditional Occupations, Sex Fairness, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Student Projects, Tech Prep, Vocational Education, Womens Education
Vocational Instructional Materials Laboratory, CETE/OSU, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Sex Equity.