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ERIC Number: EJ1016678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
Preparing College Students for Real-World 2.0: Towards a Recipe for the "Secret Sauce"
Gordon, Steven; Gayeski, Diane
Educational Technology, v53 n1 p12-20 Jan-Feb 2013
In light of considerable debate centering on the value of higher education and its effect on student preparation for the world of work, this article describes new methods employed in teaching an introductory professional course and the outcomes of its initial offerings. This case study supports research indicating that problem-based learning is an effective strategy as part of a multi-faceted approach, including the use of personal social media technology, role-modeling, and interdisciplinary group work. Overall, a positive impact was made in a large classroom setting of freshman communications students in terms of their increased ability to plan a holistic approach to their educational experience, and to understand actual career demands and opportunities. The methods used to teach this course can be applied to other college courses as well as corporate training and "think-tank" environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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