ERIC Number: ED404583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Using Simulations To Enhance Career Education. ERIC Digest.
Career educators and counselors have long recognized that factual information about careers and employability skills, presented in traditional classroom formats, do not prepare students to enter the workplace. This digest explores the move toward stronger experiential learning in career education. Career education initiatives such as work experience, job shadowing, and co-op education have increased but they are difficult to manage and may represent too large a leap from traditional classroom instruction. This difficulty can be met with in-class employment simulation. To be useful, a simulation must model all of the important skills necessary for a successful transition to work. There are numerous benefits derived from such simulations: learners are provided with opportunities for active experimentation in solving realistic problems; the essential elements of the workplace are experienced but without its attendant hazards; errors can be corrected more readily, and the connections among profitability, team success; and individual work skills are clearly demonstrated. However, to be effective, workplace simulations must feature an accurate underlying model of the workplace, objectives which reflect desirable knowledge, and characteristics of the learning environment, among other things. One such program has demonstrated its use with adolescents and young adults in learning work-transition skills. (RJM)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.; Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation, Ottawa (Ontario).