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ERIC Number: ED280956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan-10
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Career Cluster Project.
Gnaedinger, John P.
Career education is probably best described as a group of concepts and processes, including career awareness, career exploration, infusion of career-oriented material with traditional educational resources, hands-on involvement, and participation in education by people normally employed in the world of work. Vocational education is simply one potential element of a comprehensive career education program. Career awareness, the first element of a career education program, should inform students of the spectrum of career choices in the labor market. One effective method of implementing career awareness is to concentrate on one career in each of the 16 career clusters that were identified in May 1978 by a group representing the work and education sectors and to use resource persons from the world of work. Career exploration, the next phase in a career education program, should allow students to explore the various types of careers available in their cluster of interest. Like career awareness activities, career exploration programs should make extensive use of representatives from the world of work. They could also use career education materials such as those available from the Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse in Illinois. Career preparation, the next phase in the career education process, can use actual skill training materials providing they are not too detailed. Skill training in high schools is presently divided into the following areas: agriculture, home economics, health care, industrial arts, and business. Although old career education practices such as career days should not be discontinued, schools should consider implementing career awareness-type programs such as this one. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A