ERIC Number: ED412453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Making Choices: Life Skills for Adolescents. Curriculum.
Halter, Mary H.; Lang, Barbara Fierro
This text was designed to help adolescents develop skills which will encourage them to make healthy and positive choices about life. In addition, its design will assist adults, parents and teachers, as they guide young people through the process. The book uses a series of written exercises designed to help organize the students' goals and aspirations for life. The subjects are divided into five sections: Appreciating Differences, Personal Development, Family and Values, Making Choices, and Making a Difference. The guide contains 96 one-hour lessons, including 18 student-driven classes which are scheduled to occur once a week. Topics in the text include gender equity and cultural diversity. The stages of personal development are examined in depth, with special attention given to self-esteem, creating dreams, and skills development (communication, decision making, and time management). The importance of personal integrity and personal health are also highlighted, along with the need to maintain healthy relationships with friends and family. Since choosing a career is among the more important decisions one makes, a section on career planning is offered and is supplemented by a discussion of the importance of money management. Finally, ways that students can create change and address world problems are explored. Numerous worksheets and exercises are included to help students learn these solutions. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Career Development, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Guides, Daily Living Skills, Gender Issues, Interpersonal Competence, Objectives, Secondary Education, Self Care Skills, Self Esteem, Skill Development, Values Education
Advocacy Press, P.O. Box 236, Santa Barbara, CA 93102.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara, CA.