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ERIC Number: ED138799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Development of an Innovative Strategy for Coping with the Transition from School to Work: Implications for High School Students.
Wynn, George A.; Ransom, Robert M.
An instructional unit, "Coping in the World of Work: Practice in Problem Solving," designed to assist 11th and 12th grade high school students in developing the ability to solve vocational adjustment problems was developed and evaluated. Instructional goals of the unit included the following: (1) To become acquainted with the range of job adjustment problems typically encountered in the world of work, (2) to learn a five-step problem solving approach for solving job adjustment problems, (3) to learn to apply the approach with real life simulated practice problems, and (4) to learn to use the approach with real problems outside the classroom. The five problem solving steps are diagnosing or defining the problem, generating alternative solutions, evaluating the solutions in terms of feasibility and usefulness, choosing a solution and implementing it, and validating that the solution accomplished its ends. Teaching methods such as filmstrips, case studies, role playing, brainstorming, group discussions, and individualized instruction were used. Pilot and field testing were conducted using two forms of assessment instruments based on the stated behavioral objectives. Gains registered by the experimental group were substantial whereas essentially no gains were registered by the control group. It was concluded from the pilot and field testing that the instructional unit helped students become acquainted with a range of work entry and job adjustment problems and learn a systemative five-step approach to cope with these problems. In addition, all instructors teaching the unit reported positive experiences with the unit and its content. (TA)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Course Evaluation, Course Objectives, Educational Research, Job Skills, Problem Solving, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Student Development, Teaching Methods, Vocational Adjustment
Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Convention (April, 1977)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational Education.