ERIC Number: EJ741978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation of the Career-Oriented Curriculum (COC) in the Business Curriculum for Senior Secondary Schools in Hong Kong: A Pilot Study
Cheung, C. K.; Wong, Anne K. C.
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v58 n1 p99-114 Mar 2006
Recent reform in the Hong Kong senior secondary education has awakened the need for a balanced and comprehensive learning experience in the academic, vocational, organizational, social service, arts and sports domains to prepare students for employment, for learning and for life. Following on from its recommendation, the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) launched a programme--the Career-Oriented Diversified Curriculum (CODC) in 2003, renamed the Career-Oriented Curriculum (COC) in early 2004, with the purpose of providing students with the opportunity to explore their possible directions for further study, and to fulfil their career aspirations. This study attempts to examine the effectiveness of, and the issues involved in, the first phase of implementing a CODC programme in a class of 32 senior Secondary 4 students from 19 different schools. The results suggest that providing a diversified career-oriented curriculum is an alternative way to widen a student's learning horizon. Course providers and students agreed that the participants enjoyed the CODC pilot programme more than they did mainstream subjects. They also found that the programme was useful and relevant for future employment.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Experience, Career Education, Pilot Projects, Secondary School Students, Career Planning, Job Training, Career Exploration, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Student Attitudes, Secondary School Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong