ERIC Number: ED423458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Increasing Employment Skill Awareness for Students To Be Better Prepared To Enter the World of Work.
Carter, Theresa; McCarroll, Jo Ann; Popek, David
This report describes a program for increasing employment skill awareness for students to be better prepared to enter the world of work. The problem of insufficient employment skills is documented by data revealing large numbers of students who are unable to meet the demands of employers. Analysis of probable-cause data revealed students' lack of social skills and work ethics, lack of teacher time spent on employment instruction, and lack of employment skills typical of entry level employers. A review of the literature provided expert guidance. Four major categories of intervention were selected: (1) incorporation of employment skills taught in Civics, Special Education English, and Industrial Technology classes; (2) increased time spent on communication skills; (3) student exposure to job opportunities by the use of job fairs and job shadowing experiences; (4) the development of increased interpersonal skills by the use of cooperative learning as an instructional technique. Postintervention data suggests that these interventions were successful in increasing the employment skills awareness of the students. The 20 appendixes contain survey forms, checklists, sample journal entry sheet and cover, vocabulary lists and a test, interview rubric and mock interview letter, and employability checklist. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.