ERIC Number: ED455418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Business Curriculum Development in the Community College.
Whiteman, Jo Ann M.
As a source of trained workers, postsecondary schools need to develop a curriculum that encourages critical thinking and provide an environment that helps students to understand the changing economy. The curriculum should be based on the student's experiences and interests and should prepare one for life situations. In the business curriculum, three developmental curriculum models are used to analyze job requirements in a specific work context so educational programs can be developed to prepare future employees. The skills component model describes job duties, tasks, skills, and broad competencies. The professional model takes a holistic approach and looks at understanding job requirements in specific work settings or social contexts. The general components model differs from the first two in that it extends beyond the requirements of a single job category or occupational group, and broad job requirements are used for developing a curriculum necessary for all students and for many different jobs. Community colleges' response to employers' complaints about the work readiness of those they hire has been to integrate content into occupational programs so graduates will have basic reading, writing, and mathematical skills, as well as some of the higher-order or problem solving skills demanded by the business community. Another part of the curriculum that prepares graduates for the workplace is work-based learning experiences, such as internships or cooperative education. (Contains 15 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Business Education, Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Coping, Curriculum Development, Daily Living Skills, Employment Qualifications, Individual Development, Internship Programs, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Literacy, Models, Numeracy, Prior Learning, Problem Solving, School Business Relationship, Self Actualization, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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