ERIC Number: EJ718635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
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Educators Use Career "Games" to Teach Lifelong Career Management Skills
Jarvis, Phillip S.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers, v79 n1 p34-49 Jan 2004
In half the schools in Canada and in over 25,000 classrooms across the United States students from grade 3 to grade 12 are being introduced to careers through an innovative new game-based process called The Real Game Series. Originated in Canada, these programs have been developed and tested through a not-for-profit international partnership involving the Governments of Canada and the U.S., State and Provincial Departments of Education and professional associations across both countries. Pioneering work on a national career management skills framework was initiated by the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee in 1988. The result was the National Career Development Guidelines that were adopted by many U.S. states through their State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees. With NOICC's permission, Canada began adaptation of the guidelines in 1998. The result is Canada's Blueprint for Life/Work Designs (www.blueprint4life.ca). The Real Game Series consists of six separate programs, each of which is tailored to a specific range of age and grade levels. The basic aim of the series is to introduce realities of the adult world of work in a meaningful way and to help participants master the career management competencies in the Guidelines and Blueprint. All of the activities of The Real Game Series have been keyed to competencies in the three areas of personal management, learning and work exploration, and career building.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Games, Postsecondary Education, Career Development, Career Guidance, School Guidance, Relevance (Education)
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Headquarters, 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-683-3111.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States