ERIC Number: ED434214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
School-to-Work and Elementary Education. Practice Application Brief No. 5.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
According to the school-to-work (STW) program philosophy, STW efforts should be comprehensive and begin as early as preschool. At the elementary school level, the developmental process of career education begins with career awareness designed to broaden student knowledge about careers and connect academic learning to the workplace. Developing basic, academic, and employability skills represents another major component of students' STW education that, when linked with career awareness, provides a strong foundation for a successful STW system. The main challenge for elementary school teachers teaching STW is to create an environment where students see the connection between school learning and the real world. Strategies for making this connection include the following: student-centered teaching, contextual teaching and learning experiences, and collaborative and cooperative learning opportunities. Integrating curriculum across subjects and establishing business-community partnerships are two of the most common practices for promoting STW connections at the elementary school level. These practices must be incorporated into a broader school vision for STW that includes the following: (1) carefully selected community partners; (2) curriculum aligned with the STW mission; (3) adequate financial resources; (4) linking of academics and careers; (5) professional development of staff; and (6) building on existing school strengths. Successful STW programs are described. (Contains 12 references) (MN)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Education, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Guidelines, Integrated Curriculum, Models, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, School Community Relationship, Skill Development, Systems Approach, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.