ERIC Number: ED115785
Record Type: Non-Journal
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Give Our Children Room to Grow.
Woal, S. Theodore
A program to develop career aspirations in middle school students has been implemented in the Philadelphia Public Schools and is entitled "Give Our Children Room to Grow." It utilizes a series of teacher guided projects; dialogues with resource persons from industry, business, and upper schools; field trips; pupil created projects; and hands on activities to expand the students' awareness of the relationship between school, home, community, and jobs. Different aspects of the program are discussed, and include: Focus on Pupils, with manuals and resources materials for teachers and workbooks for students, encouraging informal discussions interrelating education, the individual student, and the world of work; Visitors to the Classroom, including representatives from industrial and commercial establishments, near peers, and those requested by students to serve as role models and to provide occupational information; Career Choice, discussing the influence significant people may have in determining a child's area of interest and touching on educational relevancy; Environments, encouraging thoughts about future communities; and The Self, encouraging verbalizaton of hoped for personality development. Responses from children participating in the program are included, and it is stated that they are indicative of the value of the program as a motivational educational device. (LH)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Education, Career Exploration, Educational Objectives, Educational Programs, Junior High Schools, Occupational Aspiration, Program Descriptions, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Self Actualization
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA. Vocational Guidance Service.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)