ERIC Number: ED442979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul-27
Vocational Education in the Elementary School.
The processes of learning about and exploring different vocations should begin in elementary school. Elementary school teachers and administrators planning career education must be careful to develop sequential objectives that are achievable, challenging, and tailored to students' interests. Elementary-level career education may emphasize separate units of study or be integrated into ongoing units of study. Objectives of elementary-level career education can include helping students achieve the following goals: become responsible, caring individuals; develop habits of cleanliness; develop good human relations skills; learn to balance personal and societal needs; and learn to think effectively and make decisions. Because they may well become vital in students' career education, the language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, health, and music and art must all be integrated with career education. Elementary-age students also need ample opportunities to experience vital careers in separate and/or integrated units of study, including through the following activities: (1) listening to community members discuss their careers; (2) developing scrapbooks illustrating different careers in the societal arena; (3) participating in role-playing activities; (4) developing collages and murals showing salient careers; (5) researching careers of interest at their individual development level; and (6) taking excursions to observe significant careers firsthand. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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