ERIC Number: ED296790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Developing Career Awareness in the Elementary School through Self-Awareness and Role Modeling.
Tillona, Salvatore V.
An elementary school guidance counselor conducted a practicum designed to address low-income, urban Puerto Rican and black fourth- and fifth-grade students' need for career awareness. In the course of implementing the eight-month long intervention, nine classroom teachers were asked to set aside two periods each week for: (1) developing students' self-awareness, self-concept, and positive attitudes toward work; and (2) increasing students' occupational awareness. A total of 30 lessons were developed and taught in conjunction with 8 occupational clusters. Students were taught about entry level requirements, the nature of the work, and the qualifications necessary for all the occupations in each cluster. Guest speakers involved in the occupations discussed in the students' lessons visited classrooms and discussed their work and its relation to students' course of studies. Students visited work sites where they saw the guest speakers perform their jobs. A career fair was held near the end of the school year. Evaluation data suggested that the goals of the practicum were met: namely, teachers understood the importance of a career awareness program in the curriculum and students learned that skills and information learned at school are used at work. Related materials, including the career awareness and self-awareness lessons, and the questionnaires and evaluation instruments used in the project are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.