ERIC Number: ED438107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Report on Career Development Approaches and Best Practices in Six West Virginia School-to-Work Sites.
AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.
This report examines career development approaches and practices implemented at six West Virginia school-to-work (STW) sites. The sites were the original local partnerships funded by the state's federal STW implementation grant in 1996. Site visits gathered information needed for development of a comprehensive career development self-assessment instrument and for implementing the career development component of the state STW initiative. All study sites were predominately rural and predominately white, and had a per capita income below the national average. It appears that the West Virginia STW Office has communicated the basic requirements and operating procedures of the integrated approach to the study sites. STW coordinators were successfully integrating the STW model into the total curriculum. Job shadowing was the most used and most successful career development practice at the sites, followed by two career development classes on career clusters and career majors. The sites delivered career development experiences from kindergarten through postsecondary level. Many practices were technology-driven. Results point to the importance of parent involvement, extensive multidirectional communication, administrative leadership, and school and community willingness to change. Appendices include findings from each of the sites and provide brief descriptions of best practices and essential terms. (CDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia