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ERIC Number: ED287985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 13
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Leisure and Work Search. Survival Skills for the 21st Century.
Kimeldorf, Martin
The new information age society demands a new set of new survival skills. Instead of memorizing facts, students should learn how to gather useful information about work and leisure opportunities. The information-gathering skill can be creatively taught around any specific content area. Two areas that can effectively embody this type of instruction include work and leisure search education. Two new curricula emphasize this information search method: Pathways to Leisure and Pathways to Work. Portland State University has implemented a curriculum that integrates work and leisure searches in five area high schools. Graduate students support the high school teacher who chooses the specific transition curriculum. The leisure search introduces the student to self-assessment, surveying opinions, gathering leads, networking, decision making, goal setting, and detailed planning. All of these self-directed hunting skills are taught in three major steps: self-assessment (identification of the target), research (refining and locating the target with the help of local advisors), and connecting to one's target (setting goals and making plans to achieve them). Self-directed behavior is a major program goal, since students are taught how to find information in a systematic and persistent fashion. In an information age, the major survival skill is not getting information, but getting to the right information or knowing the best way to collect information. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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