ERIC Number: ED316103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
It's Your Choice--The Economics of Career Selection.
University of West Florida, Pensacola. Center for Economic Education.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
A 50-minute program on careers and trends in the economy was created for presentation to high school students. Designed to be attention-getting as well as educational, it includes activities to introduce students to a cluster of economic concepts, data, and tools related to career selection. Pairs of college students are trained to make the presentations, and have been found to be effective with this audience. The program explains and illustrates that: (1) economic freedom includes the right to select one's own career; (2) citizens of many countries do not have this freedom; (3) every choice results in an opportunity cost; (4) some job choices mean poverty level incomes; (5) income does not always correlate positively with education level; and (7) decision-making tools can be helpful. Sources of information on demand in career fields and resources for learning about one's own skills, interests, and aptitudes are presented. Pre- and post-testing of students who have seen the program and evaluations by teachers have been very positive, and the program is now being tested at the sixth grade level for use in dropout prevention. Instructional materials and handouts used in the presentation are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida Council for Economic Education, Tampa.; Escambia County Board of Public Instruction, Pensacola, FL.
Authoring Institution: University of West Florida, Pensacola. Center for Economic Education.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.