ERIC Number: ED398983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Career Majors: Overcoming Aimlessness.
Best-Louther, Mary Jane
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Career Major Project (CMP) is a statewide effort to modify the educational system to help students develop meaningful career goals through their learning experiences in high schools, technical colleges, and universities. This document presents materials used in the project, containing information on project goals and demonstration sites. First, a background paper is provided on career majors, describing national findings that most junior high and high school students have little or no career goals or plans and arguing that schools must provide opportunities to help students recognize five competencies: what it means to work, the different types of work, the type of work they prefer, where the type of work they prefer is done, and how to prepare to enter their preferred type of work. Next, a background paper is presented on the changes that should be made to the current educational system to implement school-to-work and career majors, indicating that the system should integrate curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and developmental guidance. A statewide school-to-work transition plan is then outlined and a handout on career majors is provided, including information on career competencies and a lifework planning model. Next, a report on the CMP is presented, describing project objectives and including a list of schools acting as demonstration sites. Finally, a needs statement for 1996-97 is presented, highlighting the importance of student assessment in determining the effectiveness of restructuring efforts. (HAA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Note: Materials used in a presentation at "Skills for the Future," Wisconsin's School-To-Work Conference, (Madison, WI, June 24-25, 1996).