ERIC Number: ED366753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
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Promoting Middle Schoolers' Understanding of the World of Work.
A study identified major goals of middle-grade education as perceived by scholars of early adolescent education and those activities and learning experiences in career-oriented education program areas experts perceived as promoting achievement of the goals. Thirty-nine scholars indicated on a Likert-type scale their level of agreement regarding whether 15 goals identified from the literature should be considered major goals of middle-grade education; 18 major goals were identified. Thirty-five exemplary middle-grade career program teachers listed the activities/learning experiences within their program areas that they perceived as promoting achievement of each goal; 103 items were synthesized from the instruments. Three rounds of a modified Delphi technique identified those items that experts perceived as promoting achievement of major goals of middle-grade education. Six activities were identified: students individually carry out a program of planned, hands-on activities designed to investigate roles of workers in occupations; students receive instruction aimed at identifying occupations within career areas; students receive instruction regarding the roles of workers in occupations; students are taught by teams of career-oriented program teachers and core subject teachers; students identify occupational areas that match their aptitudes and interests; and students take field trips to business and industries. (Contains 13 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Nashville, TN, December 1993).