ERIC Number: ED457317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
What Do We Know about Nontraditional Careers? [and] How Can We Effectively Recruit and Teach Nontraditional Students?
Clark, Pat, Ed.
The two two-page briefs in this packet focus on nontraditional careers and nontraditional students and how to recruit and teach nontraditional students. "What Do We Know about Nontraditional Careers?" notes that men and women still tend to work in careers that are traditional for their sex, although the numbers of men and women choosing nontraditional jobs are increasing. Women in nontraditional jobs earn 20 percent more than women in traditional jobs, and both men and women need to learn skills for all types of careers, including nontraditional occupations. "How Can We Effectively Recruit and Teach Nontraditional Students?" provides suggestions for both these activities. Suggestions for recruiting nontraditional students include creating career-technical programs to reach all students, presenting career clusters in a way that shows how career pathways can align with interests, giving students multiple opportunities to explore both traditional and nontraditional careers, and helping students overcome stereotypes of appropriate jobs for their gender. Strategies suggested for teaching nontraditional students include improving curriculum and program design, supporting students in working with unfamiliar equipment, bringing in nontraditional role models, avoiding verbal gender bias, and creating contextual learning experiences. References and resources are listed. (KC)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Females, Guidelines, Integrated Curriculum, Males, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Occupations, Nontraditional Students, Occupational Segregation, Postsecondary Education, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Sex Role, Student Attitudes, Student Recruitment, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Womens Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Career-Technical and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. College of Human Ecology.
Note: Supported by federal PL 101-392 funds.