ERIC Number: ED401351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Preparing Middle School Students for a Career.
This guide provides information about how middle schools can promote the development and education of adolescents, especially about how they can focus students' attention on career opportunities and training. It also offers families some ideas about how they can encourage their children's career awareness, and it presents some criteria for parents to consider when selecting a middle school or participating in the planning and functioning of the school their children attend. Many middle schools can help students plan for a career, even if they do not provide specific training for a vocation, by exploring interests, aptitudes, abilities and the broad scope of work. Assisting in the development of aspirations and goals and social skills and values helps in career preparation. Career planning can be integrated into the middle school curriculum through general themes in classes and through work-related skills development. Effective instructional strategies can include team teaching, exploratory programs, learning organized around key themes or concepts, and cooperative learning. Parents can encourage their children through open communication about their interests and abilities. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adolescents, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Education, Cooperative Learning, Criteria, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Methods, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, School Choice, Student Interests, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
Note: Based on "Vocational Education in the Middle School," ERIC/CUE Digest No. 155, ED 377 314.